CB² is a new program that started in November 2015. The goal is to help prepare youth for meaningful work through Character Building and Competence Building (hence the name CB²).
CB² Leaders participate in leadership training workshops, age-appropriate volunteer experiences, and learn positive life and work skills.

We are currently searching for the right person to join our ICYA Team in the challenging and fulfilling role of CB² Coordinator. Interested or know a friend? More information here.

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Orientation Matters

Pretend that the room you are in is a timeline; one end of the room is the past, the other end is the future, and in the middle is the time you are experiencing this very moment. This was my first class in Peace and Conflict Studies at Canadian Mennonite University and our professor asked us to place ourselves on that timeline. He asked us questions like “How do you live your life?” and “How do you orient yourself in regards to time?” So, where do you find yourself? I find myself, as I did in that first class, constantly oriented towards the past. I’m always thinking about what has been and what I can learn from the things that have already happened. I also tend to live jumping back and forth from idealizing the past, looking starry eyed into the future and am uncertain how to live well in the present. Our class was scattered across the timeline. We learned that different cultures tend to birth differing orientations to time. Western cultures tend to focus on how the present will affect the near future and has a tendency to forget or disregard the past and doesn’t look far enough into the future. Many traditional ways of knowing in Aboriginal cultures have a strong sense of regarding the past while slowly walking backwards into the future. Both of these orientations to time are moving forward, however they are distinct in how they move forward. A year ago, ICYA did a community assessment which acknowledged the gap between young people in the North End and the ability to find meaningful work that would provide a livable wage. The idea was born that we should have a program that focused on character building and competency building- hence the new program name, CB². The lives of these youth are often laced with many challenges. They tend to carry their past forward without the support to acknowledge it. There is hope for the future, and a yearning for jobs that are life giving. Wednesdays after school the CB² participants meet. This is currently a...

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