Monday, May 13, 2013 11:32:19 MDT AM
I am the project co-ordinator of the Aim for Success project here in Drayton Valley. I moved here with my wife and four young children, who are all boys, two years ago and have been helping to co-ordinate the Aim for Success program since then.
Aim for Success is part of a larger project provincially called the Mental Health Capacity Building Project (MHCB). The MHCB project is one of the innovative initiatives being implemented throughout Alberta that improves the health and well-being of children, youth and their families while strengthening our communities.
This initiative is truly innovative because it brings together a number of people and professionals at the grassroots community level to help children learn how to self-protect their mental health and promote mental wellness from an early age. This critical help is provided within the school setting, where children spend a large amount of their time.
Currently there are 37 MHCB projects within Alberta, working in 44 different communities and more than 144 different schools. Locally we provide programs and initiatives to all the DV (WRPS) elementary and junior high schools.
We believe that all children can succeed and grow to become successful and meaningful citizens within our community. All of our programs and initiatives promote mental wellness and help children and youth work toward personal success.
In Africa there exists many tribes and one tribe that stands out for having the most feared warriors. That tribe is the Masai and their warriors are revered throughout all of Africa as the famous “Masai Warriors.” With this in mind, I find it fascinating to learn that the traditional greeting passed amongst the Masai Warriors when they greet is “Casserian Engeri.” In English it translates to “How are the children?” and to this day it still exists as a greeting passed amongst the Masai Warriors.
Our children are our hope, our destiny and our community’s future. My challenge to you, spend 15 minutes connecting with children in your life. Those might be your children, grandchildren, niece, nephew, mentees, friends or neighbours. Ask them “How are you?” and mean it! Wait and listen for their answer and then connect with them! Challenge yourself to spend 15 minutes connecting with that child, going for a walk, going to the park, playing ball or going for ice-cream, listen and connect!
Don’t worry about having all the answers. As you connect with children and youth you become the answer. Together we can help to build ‘Our Future, Our Community — Our children!
On June 15 we are partnering with the Community Parenting Coalition and the EPBR Parks Council to host a Father’s Day event at the Bowbenders archery range. There will be archery, kite building, nature walks, bird house building and a tasty barbecue. It promises to be a great day, that’s completely free and a fantastic opportunity to connect with your children.
We look forward to seeing you there!