When & Where
The Youth Ambassador of Reconciliation Program is designed to provide non-Aboriginal CRC young people with the tools and opportunity to act as bridges between their church community and a local Aboriginal community. The Youth Ambassador of Reconciliation (YAR) will have the opportunity to learn and practice skills related to reconciliation by participating in a week long immersion experience in Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation (a northwestern Ontario reserve) and then developing a Reconciliation Action Plan with their church community. The week long immersion experience consists of YARs volunteering as Junior Camp Counselors at Mish Adventures, a children and youth summer camp that’s been operating for over 10 years in the community. The Reconciliation Action Plan is designed to build or strengthen relationships between the YAR’s church community and a local First Nations community (via a reserve or Friendship Centre). This program is offered in partnership with the CRC Office of Race Relations, Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee, and iEmergence.
Position Description: Junior Camp Leader (while at Mish Adventures), Youth Ambassador of Reconciliation (while back in church community)
Number of Positions: 4
Dates Opportunity is Available: July 14 to 22, 2017
Length Of Service: 9 Days (plus post-trip engagement with church community and local Indigenous groups)
To read more about this opportunity, please see this story by 2016 participant Israel Cooper
The young adult will be supported by the following people on their reconciliation journey: a Youth Mentor - a leader chosen from their congregation (ie; deacon, elder, pastor) who will assist them with processing their learning and help them with the planning and implementation of a contextualized Reconciliation Action Plan; and a Youth Coach - a CRCNA staff member who will provide training, 1-to-1 support, resources and coaching throughout each step of the process. This program is made possible through partnership with iEmergence, a non-profit/non-stock organization focusing on holistic community and leadership development in indigenous and tribal communities.
- Participate in online pre-trip learning activities and group introduction
- Participate in 1 ½ day orientation on-site at Mishkeegogamang
- While in Mishkeegogamang, work as a junior camp leader, helping to fulfill various camp roles such as co-group leader, station leader, or overseeing the program area
- Be a team player with other volunteers and camp staff
- Participate in online post-trip learning activities and group check-ins, as well as one-on-one coaching sessions
- Develop a Reconciliation Action Plan with your Youth Mentor to lead your congregation into deeper relationship and learning with a local First Nations group
- Share your story with your church, supporters, and CRCNA staff
- Young adults will be selected from Christian Reformed Churches in Ontario that are located within 50 km of a reserve/Friendship Centre and meet as many of the following criteria as possible:
- 17-24 years of age
- Prior experience with working with people of diverse backgrounds (socio-economic, racial, ethnic, cultural) in their church or school communities
- Possessing the following qualities:
- Leadership potential
- Interest in reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons
- Self-awareness, sensitivity, empathy, creativity and self-motivation
- Socially conscious and justice oriented
- Responsibility and ability to work with others
- Willingness to participate fully in the program and to abide by the conditions of participation
- Respond to the call to “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God”
- Develop leadership skills
- An opportunity to develop new attitudes, perceptions and relationships
- A chance to learn from, serve and be served by others
- Apply your current gifts and talents and discover some new ones
- Experience rich Ojibway culture on a remote reserve
Cost of trip includes accommodations, food and supplies for activities in Mishkeegogamang First Nation as well as round trip transportation.
Contact Service Link at [email protected].