June 26, 2014
Building Bridges has helped over 90 at risk youth improve their quality of life and well-being since the program inception in 2010. It is a program that has been active in Lethbridge and Picture Butte through schools and is now expanding to community sites. The program aims to increase resiliency of at-risk youth by; addressing underlying risk behavior issues and engaging the youth to build protective factors through resiliency groups, mentoring, community service, higher risk activities and relationships with program staff. It is based on the Theory of Change which states; if youth, who are involved in high risk and socially hurtful behaviors, are engaged in mentoring, positive group activities, and community service to increase personal resiliencies, then they will experience an increase in attendance and graduation rates, as well as a greater likelihood of becoming participating citizens in their communities with a decreased likelihood of becoming criminally involved. So far the youth in the program have completed 2,278 hours of voluntary services, been in engaged in 432 activity hours and have participated in 43 adventure activities. The Social Return on Investment for the Program is 6.54:1 .
“Building Bridges works to foster resiliency in youth by learning how to cope with daily conflict and connecting to community resources. Through a variety of group experiences of adventure activities, volunteering, mentoring and dialogue circles, youth gain insight into themselves and how we relate to each other. Many youth comment that this program was influential in supporting their positive personal growth and helping them address hurtful behaviors to self and others. “-Trevor Brown, Building Bridges Coordinator
People can register for the event by calling Linda at (403)381-3038. Ticket prices are $45 without equipment rental and $55 with equipment rental. There are only 100 spots available, so please register soon as they will fill up.
Lethbridge Family Services is a highly accredited charitable agency that is the largest community social services organization in Lethbridge and has been operating since 1910. LFS helps over 5,500 people improve their quality of life on an annual basis with the support of their four key program areas; Home Services, Immigrant Services, Counselling/Outreach/Education, and Da Capo (People with Developmental Disabilities) and 325+ staff. The mission of Lethbridge Family Services is to improve the well-being and quality of life for individuals and families in Southern Alberta. More information on programs, services, and how to support Lethbridge Family Services can be found online at www.lfsfamily.ca or by contacting us at (403) 327-5724.