In 2020, The Lung Association partnered with the Federation of Sovereign Nations (FSIN) and the Students Commission of Canada (SCC) to apply for funding to expand our successful Youth4Change program. We are thrilled to report that out of over 1,000 applicants, and three levels of intense stages of application, our project was chosen by LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact as one of their top 11 national social ventures for funding!
Youth4Change is an advocacy and education initiative targeting youth and young adults to reduce smoking and vaping rates within First Nations communities. Strategic guidance and partial funding from LEAP will allow Youth4Change to define and develop tools to support programming in 74 Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan over the next two years.
First Nations youth and young adults are disproportionately affected by tobacco, vaping, and substance abuse. We aim to bring together youth, civic leaders, and health care professionals in First Nations communities to reduce and prevent commercial tobacco and vaping use. We plan to do this with our partners by:
- Developing future leaders by utilizing the Influence in Action model.
- Honouring the teachings and cultural practices of each community by building relationships based on learning, trust and support.
- Building a program that can be sustained by each community.