Anonkons (Little Stars) Program
- The Anonkons after school program gives our younger children the private space to do crafts, draw, read, and play games. The program provides healthy snacks and occasional meals; and having participants help with the food preparation teaches children basic cooking and food handling skills. Held in our multi-purpose room and coordinated by a staff member, the program is a unique blend of learning opportunities and fun
Eagle's Nest Project
The Eagles Nest Project provides Urban Aboriginal youth with access to cultural, social and recreational activities to strengthen awareness of their heritage and help them develop a positive self concept.
The project is delivered by all Aboriginal staff who serve as role models while building positive relationships with the youth.
It is the belief of the project that these relationships as well as relationships built with cultural advisors, Elders and community partners will exert positive influences that assist youth to develop and grow in healthy ways.
Energy Plus Program
- This program provides after school activities and outings for children ages 6 to 11. The Energy Plus group is driven home each evening to insure they get home safely and that there is someone at home to receive them
- This lively group enjoys tournaments, bingo, board games, and videos. Some of the regular outings are: roller skating, swimming, movies and video games. A Leadership Circle Program attracts those children who wish to do volunteer work in the service of their community
- During the summer months and spring break the Outreach Program provides daily outings for the children, while Rossbrook’s youngest children delight in the Summer Play Room Program weekday afternoons
- This program provides after school activities and outings for youth, ages 12 to 17. Because of the diversity within this group a variety of activities are planned to meet specific needs. It is from the Intermediates that Rossbrook draws its Junior Staff. Those who exhibit leadership abilities, who sincerely want to work, demonstrate their willingness by working volunteer shifts
- Activities available to this group include: flag football, basketball, ice hockey, Movie Night, Boys’ Night, White Sash, Girls’ Night, tournaments, outings, and van rides. The older members of this group, ages 14 to 17, often stay for the night shifts on weekends and school holidays. They also have the opportunity to attend Camp Maskwa for a one or two weeks depending on space available. The younger Intermediates who enjoy the outdoors go to Camp Coalition with other inner city youth their age
Leadership Circle Program
- The Leadership Circle Program gives children ages 10 to 12 the opportunity for volunteer work experience in the service of their community. The children are given four-hour shifts in which they prepare and serve simple meals at the drop-in center, plant flowers on the boulevards of the community and pick up trash in the area
- An honorarium is given at the completion of the participant’s hours. They are then taken shopping for new clothes and other school items. The program builds self-esteem and teaches community spirit. It is a valuable work experience that gives the children a model for earning and spending money
- Learning Always, a new education initiative, provides supportive, enriching activities to approximately 12 children/youth attending Rossbrook House
- It is an excitng program coordinated by two University of Winnipeg students, one of whom was a Rossbrook House participant as a youth
- The program is designed to promote after school homework completion and provides opportunities to expand horizons
Let Youth Program
- Let Youth is a leadership and employment development program for inner city Aboriginal youth. Let Youth consists of nine youth, ages 14 to 19 who are supervised by an Employment Coordinator
- Since the beginning of Let Youth, a primary goal has been to provide at-risk youth with accessible employment alternatives to gang-related and other negative activities. Our experience has shown us that meaningful employment is the most important single factor in empowering youth to make choices, which are positive for themselves and for the community
Lighthouses' Weekend Alternatives Program
- Lighthouses is a community based crime-prevention program sponsored by Manitoba Justice
- Weekend Alternatives (the name given to the Lighthouses project at Rossbrook) provides special activities for children and youth on Friday and Saturday evenings at Rossbrook House. Rossbrook staff members take participants on weekend outings as well as providing drop-in activities
White Sash Keepers Program
- The White Sash Keepers Program provides weekly activities, cultural teachings and opportunities for service work for boys and girls ages 12 to 16
- A group of 12 young people go through an 16-week program that includes a weekly planning meeting, volunteer work, and an activity outing (a cultural component is included).
- Attendance records are kept for each of the three components of the program and a shopping honorarium is awarded based on that record. At the end of the program a shopping excursion and a completion ceremony take place
Young Moms Program
- The Young Moms’ program was formed in response to the needs of young single mothers who needed a break from their situation as well as the support of their community. The young mothers’ children are picked up so that they can be baby sat by staff and volunteers while the moms go out for an activity
- Connections with this group go beyond a recreational night. Rossbrook’s women staff serve as advocates for the moms and there is a great deal of sharing and support from other staff members. Speakers are often invited and traditional ceremonies are attended in order to deal with issues affecting the women’s lives
- This program provides activities and opportunities for young adults ages 18 to 24. It is from this group, especially those who have served as Junior Staff, that Rossbrook hires its Senior Youth Workers. There is a strong commitment from Rossbrook to help these young people finish their education and find employment
- Activities available for this group include: Young Moms, Boys Night, Girls’ Night, movie night, basketball, flag football, pizza pools, beading and van rides