Helping to Engage

Street-Involved
Youth

in Our Community


The Partnership

A partnership between the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing and community partner Street Culture Project Inc., is helping to engage street-involved youth in Regina. Street Culture Project is a non-profit, charitable organization that actively works to empower vulnerable youth within the community. They use social entrepreneurialism, positive role-modeling, community resources, positive social activities, education-based programming and life-skills training to enable youth to change their lives.

Partnering with Street Culture for their evening programming, provides an opportunity for College of Nursing students during their clinical placements to engage with vulnerable youth and provide informal teaching and life skills training. During fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015 and winter 2016, nursing students delivered 39 interactive educational/recreational sessions to approximately 257 youth at Street Culture.

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Working Together

College of Nursing students develop and deliver weekly evening sessions at Street Culture based on feedback and ideas received from the youth. Each session begins with the preparation of a healthy meal, providing the youth an opportunity to develop their cooking skills and learn hands-on about nutrition. The meal is then followed by a recreational and/or interactive educational activity. Each session typically lasts two to three hours. Having the youth involved in the planning of the sessions, creates a unique and dynamic learning environment for both the Street Culture youth and nursing students.

When the partnership began, the nursing student sessions were held in conjunction with other Street Culture programming; however, in spring 2015, nursing students started delivering the sessions on Tuesday evenings, an evening where the youth have free time and may not always be onsite. This was intimidating for the nursing students for fear that none of the youth would show up, but ultimately attendance did not vary from the previous sessions.

“The programing on Tuesday nights delivered by the nursing students, creating that and having the kids buy into that, I think that’s second to none,” said Mike Gerrand, Director of Operations at Street Culture. “It’s a first-rate experience, the youth want to be a part of it.”
 

Activities

  • Arts & Crafts - tie dye, painting, creating dream catchers and picture frames
  • Socialization & Games - Board games and spa nights
  • Health Teaching - mental health awareness, nutrition and cooking skills and discussions around substance abuse and prevention
  • Physical Activity - community walks, basketball, trampoline and games in the park


-Street Culture Youth



Funding

Initial funding for the partnership between Street Culture Project and the College of Nursing was provided by the University of Saskatchewan Office of Outreach and Engagement through a Community Engaged Experiential Learning Grant.

In June 2015, K+S Potash Canada generously donated $21,000 over three years. The partnership between K+S and the College of Nursing allowed for nursing students to continue to deliver the unique programming to youth, complementary to Street Culture’s regular programs.

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More Information

For more information on the Street Culture Project, please call (306) 565-6206 or email streetcultureproject@gmail.com (attention: Kim Sutherland).  
For more information on the College of Nursing partnership with the Street Culture Project, please contact Marie Dietrich Leurer.