Minister of Culture Ron Orr and Premier Jason Kenney announced the province will invest up to $144,600 in the John Ware Youth Empowerment Program over the next two years. (Contributed photo)

Minister of Culture Ron Orr and Premier Jason Kenney announced the province will invest up to $144,600 in the John Ware Youth Empowerment Program over the next two years. (Contributed photo)

Pilot program aims to empower rural newcomer youths in Alberta

The Government of Alberta has launched a new pilot program intended to empower rural newcomer youths.

As part of Black History Month, the province announced Monday it is investing up to $144,600 in the John Ware Youth Empowerment Program over the next two years.

This pilot program, designed by the Global Village Centre in Brooks, honours the legacy of John Ware, a Black rancher who settled in Brooks and was one of the first ranchers in Alberta.

Newcomer and visible minority youths in Alberta often face challenges in pursuing life and career goals due to a lack of connections and resources. The John Ware Youth Empowerment pilot program will help address this gap in supports by offering mentorship and scholarships to 60 young people in Brooks.

The Global Village Centre is also developing a “Train the Trainer” tool kit so the program can be expanded to other rural communities across Alberta.

“This program is a wonderful way to honour John Ware’s remarkable contributions to our province while at the same time connecting newcomer youth with the skills and support they need to lead successful, fulfilling lives here in Alberta,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

“I am delighted to see it move ahead and I thank the Global Village Centre for partnering with us on it.”

Ron Orr, Minister of Culture and Ponoka-Lacombe MLA, said this is “an investment in the future” of Alberta.

“The program will have lasting impacts for generations to come for visible minority and newcomer youth in rural Alberta. Ensuring John Ware’s legacy of hard work and courage is something every Albertan can be proud of,” said Orr.



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