Nation of Wellness (NOW)
This youth-led initiative aims to facilitate youth aged 14-28 to inspire, guide and support their communities to build a culture where young people with experience of marginalization—and their concerns and passions—are seen, heard, included, and celebrated. A Stewardship Group comprised of young people serve as the primary governance body for the initiative and they co-develop and adapt activities for various contexts. Components of the initiative are designed to evaluate, determine and articulate essential characteristics, factors and activities that establish resiliency, and that will allow young people to demonstrate their capabilities, and inspire commitment to a strength-based lens. Activities include conferences developed by youth, community dialogue events, community cohesion and connection programs, advocacy efforts, and peer navigation. Project activities will emanate from Foundry Abbotsford, British Columbia, and will support other entities in the Fraser-Salish Region.
Lead organization: Matsqui-Abbotsford Impact Society
Location: British Columbia