Helping to Engage
in Our Community
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. Between Fall 2014 and Winter 2017, nursing students delivered 63 interactive educational/recreational sessions at Street Culture. Youth attendance at the sessions has totalled over 400.
- 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
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.
Word on the Street ...
“The programming provided by the College of Nursing students is well designed and meets the capacity and interests of the youth, with the evening programming based in both education and recreation. What really works well is the hands-on mentoring, where the nursing students work alongside the youth to create and serve a meal before the evening’s event. This is exceptional and critical in our efforts around ‘normalizing’ a street youth’s experience in government based housing services.”
Kim Sutherland, C.E.O. of Street Culture Project Inc.
“K+S Potash Canada is proud to partner with the U of S and the Street Culture Project, so consistent programming can be offered, which will result in improved health outcomes for vulnerable youth and ultimately, the community of Regina.”
Maeghan Dubois, Senior Communications Specialist, K+S Potash Canada
“The College of Nursing-Street Culture Kids Youth Engagement Project has provided a wonderful learning opportunity for our Regina nursing students to interact with street-involved youth in a meaningful way. The youth have input into the types of activities offered by the nursing students and since their attendance is optional during the Tuesday evening programming, our nursing students need to be truly responsive to the needs of the youth at Street Culture or they simply won’t come. It really is a win-win for both the nursing students and the youth. We are grateful to Street Culture Project Inc. for allowing our students to have clinical experiences at this dynamic non-profit organization, and to K+S Potash for the funding that allows us to deliver this program.”
Marie Dietrich Leurer, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing, Regina Campus
"The experience I had during my time with Street Culture was the most rewarding rotation of my entire nursing education. This opportunity opened my eyes to how valuable and vital community nursing is to vulnerable populations. My favourite Tuesday night activity included a game of capture the flags. This was my favourite as it was great to see the youth working together on their respective teams, while engaging in physical activity. Everyone joined in, and because these programming nights are voluntary, it is clear the youth who show up want to be there or are at least are willing to try something new. I believe it is important to continue to provide these youth with opportunities for personal growth, as I have seen first-hand the positive impact it can have."
Erika Kendrick, Student, University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing, Regina Campus
Shelby Stewart, Student, University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing, Regina Campus
Shaylene Tynning, Student, University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing, Regina Campus