First Nations Program
First Nations Programs
The Full Cycle Program engages southern Alberta First Nations youth in positive, community-based initiatives. Full Cycle aims to reduce risk factors facing Indigenous youth, while increasing protective factors through a school-based bicycle program.
In partnership with the communities of Morley, Eden Valley and Tsuut’ina, TWV delivers in service training and support for teachers and community members, skill building bike mechanic programs and bike trip experiences that develop a sense of adventure and discovery.
With the program embedded within the community school spaces, it encourages youth participants to attend school and to engage in healthy activities that build community and enhance youth resiliency. Using the bicycle as a tool for teaching, youth in the program learn and practice lessons in leadership and self-esteem. Through bike trip experiences youth have the opportunity to travel in a way that is sustainable, self-supported and provides connection with the natural world. Youth learn life skills and outdoor skills while having a chance to apply hands on bike mechanics along the way. The positive adult mentors who participate in the program build trusting relationships with the youth and help connect them to a network or supports as they transition to adulthood.
"This week (of the bike trip) is probably the happiest I've been in a long time."
-Full Cycle Participant
"I've tried to be a better leader."
- Full Cycle Participant