SPONSORED BY: TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community Board
Helping youth at-risk with social and employment skill development through equine therapy. This program works with youth coping with trauma impacting their social skills and employment opportunities. The main focus will be to help these youth, specifically those aging out of the system, with employment skills.
LEG UP will run for 4 weeks.
There is no cost to the youth to participate as this is fully funded generously by the Telus Okanagan Community Board Grant.
Start date: Saturday, June 2
Group Equine Assisted Learning is an interactive horse-human learning experience, offering a powerful opportunity to develop greater self-awareness and personal growth. Through enhancing trust and empathy, reducing anxiety, anger and stress, and increasing self-confidence, Equine Assisted Learning is a life changing experience. An EAL session is comprised of activities that require a group of youth to apply specific skills in a horse-human interaction. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem solving, leadership skills, boundary setting, teamwork, and relationships are addressed in a safe and nonjudgemental EAL setting.
Activities are associated around therapeutic ground-work with horses. There are no riding or horsemanship skills. Activities are designed to increase self-awareness and address specific life skills specifically employment skills development. The youth will learn techniques for communicating with horses, and also learn how to gauge and modulate their own feelings, emotions and body language enough to influence the horses’ behavior. In turn, the youth will learn how the skills they learn to communicate with horses can be reflected on how they can communicate with each other, their families, future employers and members of the community.
REGISTER by May 15, 2018: Email Ashley at email@example.com OR call 250-554-3811