What is the KLYAC?
The Kw’umut Lelum Youth Advisory Council is made up of former and current youth in care between the ages of 18-24 years old from our nine member nations. The purpose of the KLYAC is to expand skill sets on mentorship so that council members are equipped to be mentors to other youth transitioning into adulthood. The KLYAC also provides an opportunity for current and former youth in care to network with one another.
What has the KLYAC been up to?
The KLYAC has been advising on KL’s Step Up program in ways such as providing feedback on the Step Up App and self-assessment tool, determining community resources and advising on Step Up written materials. The Step Up App is a digital toolkit that youth can utilize to track goals and receive a real life reward when the goal is accomplished. The self-assessment tool allows youth to assess where they are at with their life skills which will then be formulated into an individual transition plan.
In May, the KLYAC participated in the Gathering of the Youth Advisory Councils Conference in Richmond, BC. The youth presented a speech on what work they’ve completed up until that point as a youth advisory council, learned how other councils have influenced the lives of youth in care and also networked with other youth councils from Delegated Aboriginal Agencies and MCFD.
In early August, the KLYAC received their training certificates after a series of training sessions on leadership and mentorship skills provided by the VIU ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins. Later in August, the Kw’umut Lelum Youth Advisory Council went on a year-end retreat to Whistler to celebrate their accomplishments. The council went on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride over-viewing the mountains and valleys as well as a multimedia light show Vallea Lumina. This opportunity gave the council the chance to grow as a team and to practice what it looks like to be a leader.