Churchill Meadows Camp – July 22nd-26th

THE A-B-C-D’S of YOUTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

“Afirming the Strengths of Youth-Beyond Stereotypes-Creating Community-Celebrating Diversity- by being good neighbours”

Erin Mills United Church, in partnership with Halton Presbytery, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, Greening Sacred Spaces, Masumeen Islamic Centre , St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School  and an expanding list of other community partners are hosting a week-long summer camp, July 22nd-26th, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, at St. Faustina’s Elementary School, 3420 Mc Dowell Drive, Mississauga. The program is intended for youth of diverse faith and cultural backgrounds, 11-15 years old. It is funded by the United Church of Canada with four paid staff and a program director (with valid vulnerable police records checks).

The theme of the program is loosely based on Cokesbury’s “Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together”.  The program is rooted in Christian Stories.  However, we recognize that, our faith leader Jesus, often affirmed the faith and values of those outside of his faith tradition. Similarly, we are embracing interfaith and intercultural ways of being community together. We also aspire to include some stories and practices from other faith/cultural traditions. We will build bridges rather than reinforce barriers. We will make room for creative thinking versus divisive tensions.

Our program affirms the engagement of cultural diversity as a competency among youth living in a Canadian context; sows seeds for ongoing community involvement; opens doors for interfaith dialogue and teaches some life skills for community building. The content will explore: practices of hospitality across cultures, community service, moving beyond stereotypes and peace-making, power and diversity training, multiculturalism and intercultural communication. The program is being contextualized for the Churchill Meadows community through ongoing  consultation with the community.

On the last day we will celebrate our diversity in partnership with VIVA Mississauga through participation in VIVA Caribana.  The desired outcome is that youth would begin to develop some life skills for engaging diversity and community building. Youth will identify activities they wish to go forward with through an ongoing leadership development/life-skill training program. The camp serves a pilot for an ongoing youth program.

Contact:

Roni Beharry

Outreach Minister with Churchill Meadows Community

Erin Mills United Church

3010 The Collegeway

Mississauga, ON L5L 4X9

roni@emuc.ca  905-820-9466 ext. 23

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