Expanding the Circle of Courage: Understanding the Implementation of the Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program

In line with Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the intergenerational impacts of colonialism influence the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples. In response, culturally relevant programs, which focus on building the strengths of a community have been shown to be effective and sustainable. Indeed, a peer-led, resilience-based afterschool program, the Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program (AYMP), is effective for preventing obesity and type 2 diabetes in Indigenous children. Based on AYMPs early success, the project has been expanded across Canada. As part of the expansion, AYMP is being transferred out of the ‘academy’ and into Indigenous communities. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to examine how AYMP is implemented across different communities. Specifically, this project will explore how AYMP can be sustained by the community through local ownership and relevance.

Faculty Supervisor:

Kate Storey


Frances Sobierajski


Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere


Epidemiology / Public health and policy


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