The Alberta’s Future Leaders (AFL) program provides leadership development and recreational opportunities to youth living in Indigenous communities during the summer months.
Youth are engaged through sport, arts, recreation, leadership and cultural activities facilitated by mentors living and working in each participating community. Host communities share their unique cultures and histories with mentors to guide the development of relevant and meaningful experiences for their youth.
How the AFA supports AFL
Due to COVID 19, the AFL program was suspended for the summer of 2020. The program is offering alternative opportunities to support physical activity and engage youth for communities that have been part of the program. The AFA is supporting arts activities in partnership with the program, where possible.
The AFA provides arts programming to First Nation and Métis communities through the AFL program. This includes contracting an AFL Coordinator to oversee arts programming, hiring Indigenous artists to lead workshops, and planning Leadership through the Arts Week.
An integral component of AFA arts programming is contracting Indigenous artists to offer workshops in participating communities.
The Indigenous artists hired are important role models for Indigenous youth. They inspire confidence, skill building and an appreciation for the arts.
Leadership through the Arts Week is a week-long retreat held in Edmonton that includes arts workshops, presentations, and a curated “Evening of the Arts” showcase of visual and performing arts coordinated by the youth and mentors.
Read more about AFL's impact on Indigenous youth.
Who is involved?
The AFL program is delivered by the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Branch of Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women in partnership with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Learn more about Government of Alberta support for the AFL program on Alberta.ca.