The Mémiyelhtel program supports Indigenous youth living within the traditional, unceded territory of Stό:lō Nation (specifically Chilliwack). The program provides holistic,
long-term and intensive support to vulnerable youth between the ages of 12-19 years. As captured by the traditional Halq’emeylem name, the goal of the program is to help youth be well. The Mémiyelhtel program delivers culturally relevant, dynamic, and uniquely individualized supports that create engagement and foster life promotion. The ultimate goal is to support youth to have a strong sense of identity, self-love and acceptance, while celebrating their ongoing resilience and perseverance.
The Holistic Model
The Mémiyelhtel program implements a holistic, 10-aspect model. The wrap-around services are long-term, intensive, and individualized. The program is guided by our cultural teachings. The Mémiyelhtel program is Indigenous led, not just Indigenous inspired. Engagement, positive relationships and connection are pivotal to the Mémiyelhtel program. We strive to make each of our interactions with youth meaningful and use this to serve as foundation for their future trajectories.
Youth are assigned an Intensive Support & Resource Worker (ISRW) to assist with case management, navigating resources, advocating and liaising. The role of the ISRW is to be their #1 Fan.
Immediate and primary health needs are assessed. This includes accessing primary healthcare, dental and vision care.
Essential to the work is assessing the overall needs of the family unit. This may include securing housing, financial assistance, employment and/or food security.
Primary and secondary cultural teachings and experiences are embedded in the work.
Addressing logistical barriers is imperative to the work. Assisting in day-to-day routines and preparedness is critical. Ongoing communication and transportation are key.
Providing opportunities and connection to organized sports, recreation, and groups.
Assisting in creating learning environments that promote engagement and success. Where necessary, assisting with relationship building, academic achievement and behavioural management.
Where necessary, provide referrals and/or support youth to access and engage with other community resources.
Understanding the unique networks (i.e., family, friends) of each individual youth and utilizing them as part of the youth’s team. Providing resources and supports to this network, which subsequently impacts the outcomes of the youth we support.
Promoting essential life skills that will assist youth as they age. This includes personal wellness, household management, managing financials, securing employment, and/or attaining certifications/training (i.e., drivers’ license).