Building Resources and Innovative Development Growth and Economic Stability
BRIDGES is aimed at supporting Okanagan youth to find success in employment or education by incorporating traditional Syilx training and activities through a diverse range of innovative methodologies. The program is built upon the understanding that by creating a program that is rooted in culture, our youth will experience an increase in confidence and personal strength. This project is designed for youth ages 15-30 that may require assistance before accessing standard training programs and/or educational outlets.
The BRIDGES program includes skills training, cultural activities, and on-the-land learning to explore resilience through their rich Syilx heritage while becoming rooted in their families, communities, and nation. Sustained employment barriers and response techniques will be identified through a culturally grounded and individually tailored approach. In the short term, we will increase the employment rates of our youth,and continue to do so over the medium and long term as the program evolves.
OUR APPROACH IS A COMBINATION OF:
1 Innovative Syilx Methodologies
2 Individual Assessments
3 Skills Mentorship
4 Support from Industry Partners
Industry partners will provide new employment pathways, offer new and improved employee preparation, and arrange adequate supports in the workplace to ensure ongoing success of Okanagan labourers. Further, the BRIDGES team is working with academic research partners to assist in the identification of barriers and potential solutions. The data and information generated by this project will be gathered in order to adequately assess and maximize the impact of the program.