The Alberta’s Future Leaders (AFL) summer program provides art, sports, recreation and leadership opportunities to help strengthen and empower youth who live in First Nation and Métis communities in Alberta.
The vision for the program is to work in partnership with communities to positively affect the lives of Indigenous children and youth. There are currently 12 Indigenous communities participating in the AFL program each year.
How the AFA supports AFL
The AFA has been critical in providing arts programming to First Nation and Métis communities through the AFL program.
Our staff hires, trains and provides financial, moral and cultural support to Arts Mentors who live within an Alberta First Nation or Métis community from May through August each year. Arts Mentors deliver art programming in the form of art workshops, projects and instruction in a variety of arts disciplines.
Annual recruitment for Arts Mentor positions takes place each spring.
An integral component of the AFA arts programming is contracting Senior Artists (established Indigenous artists) to offer workshops in the communities.
Senior Artists are important role models for Indigenous youth. They inspire confidence, leadership skills, an appreciation for the arts, and build self-esteem.
It can often be a highlight for Indigenous youth to participate in arts projects alongside role models from their culture. Read more about AFL's impact on Alberta indigenous youth.
Who else is involved?
The AFA program is operated by Alberta Sport Connection. The AFL Provincial Support Committee, which directs the program, includes representation from:
- Culture and Tourism
- Alberta Sport Connection
- Alberta Foundation for the Arts
- Health and Wellness Alberta
- Justice and Attorney General
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Aboriginal Affairs
- Employment and Immigration
- ATCO Electric