What is Awaken the Spirit?
Awaken the Spirit is a motivational workshop that uses a four part
model to inspire, empower and educate people on issues pertaining to the socio-economic
challenges, stereotypes and barriers faced by Indigenous peoples.
Who is this workshop for?
Awaken the Spirit is most compatible with adolescents and young
adults, as well as adults. Recommended age groupings, ages: 10-13, 14-17, 18 and up.
*We are currently adapting a program for ages 5-10.
This should be ready by May 1, 2020!
Where is this workshop held?
We come to your community! Program lengths vary depending on age group. Youth workshops usually run 1-2 days, adult workshops range from 3-5 days.
When is this workshop held?
We require 2 weeks advance notice to set up a program in your
community. We will send a proposal and once the proposal had been accepted by both parties we can book in a time that works best for you.
How much does this workshop cost?
The costs vary depending on location, number of participants and length. We provide a complete breakdown of the costs and where the monies are allocated to. We also welcome In-kind contributions to help with cost reduction.
Why take this workshop?
This workshop is like no other. It is truly unique and was designed
specifically for the sole purpose of helping Indigenous young people find their voice, their
strength and their purpose. Since 2014 Awaken the Spirit has been successful in motivating and inspiring Indigenous young people to break the cycle and stigma of dependency and venture off into the workforce or further their education.
I created Awaken the Spirit in 2013 because I had a burning desire to help young people in the way that I was helped. My younger years were plagued by racism, alcohol, depression, and teen pregnancy, to name a
few. When I finally came out of the haze that was my teenage years, I was relieved to find that my spirit wasn't completely broken and I still wanted more for my life. I also knew that I couldn't have done it alone. I was grateful for the supports that had brought me through that rough time and I knew that someday I would do for others what someone had done for me.
Fast forward 15 years, I took my all my experience, research, formal and informal education and combined it to create this program. But creating the program wasn’t enough. I had to take it out on the road to see if it really worked. After a few years of trials and testing I have finally come to rest with a program that captures the essentials of what needs to be learned and implemented.
Message from the Founder...
Christina, Youth Workshop
This workshop gave me a positive outlook on everything and makes me want to work harder to get to where I want to go and be.
Terry, Train the Trainer
I am looking forward to taking the teachings into our communities. I recommend this workshop to anyone that has the opportunity to teach our youth. Awakening the Spirit does just what the title says. It Awakens our Spirits to Learn!
Adam, Youth Workshop
I feel confident in myself knowing that I can do something for myself. And I am glad to know that there are people out there who do this for Aboriginal people.