This initiative begun as a question of how can Active Lives Canada engage young adults with physical and mental exceptionalities outside of their day programming, to educate them and encourage participation in activities where they can learn about their culture, heritage, and community in a way they understand it best?
With the Discover Your Roots initiative, we hope that young adults with exceptionalities will learn how to embrace their heritage and make connections with friends that will last a lifetime. With events and programming surrounding the holidays, we aspire to engage Young Adults with special needs in programming where they can learn some of the essential elements of their cutler from each celebration.
Since Active Lives Canada is a non-denominational organization, Active Lives: Discover Your Roots will be used as a framework for a variety of cultural groups to develop a program where their participants can feel the same sense of purpose and community, in addition to feeling safe and empowered.
Why is This Important?
Most programs that are offered during the day are seen as post-secondary, similar to programs students in undergraduate studies are pursuing at various well-known institutions. Due to this fact, there is a missing component to the overall enrichment of participants’ sense of culture outside of their experience in the ‘day programs’. After extensive research, Active Lives Canada has found that there is little to no outside community engagement such as a social enterprise for this demographic.
Active Lives: Discover Your Roots is striving for a future where adults living with exceptionalities can embrace their religious heritage and make connections with friends that will last a lifetime. A place where adults with disabilities can feel safe and empowered and find a sense of purpose within their religious community.
Through food, music, games, and other activities, the Active Lives: Discover Your Roots initiative is looking to develop events surrounding various cultural holidays and celebrations to engage exceptional young adults in programming where they can learn some of the essential elements of their culture from each celebration while creating lifelong connections with peers and feel a sense of purpose and community.