Kiptu - Supporting Aboriginal Youth through Elementary to Post Secondary

Kiptu - Supporting Aboriginal Youth through Elementary to Post Secondary

$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
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UPEI students, staff, and faculty will go to local Aboriginal communities on a rotating basis. Kitpu will build relationships and connections between these communities and the UPEI community through tutoring, social events and community projects. UPEI volunteers and staff will go into the communities and academically tutor students in both elementary school and high school. Giving Aboriginal students academic strategies to succeed in school will build confidence and competence and make school a more positive experience.
The goal of Panther Passport is to engage Aboriginal students with UPEI students, staff and faculty, forming a lasting bond that will encourage Aboriginal students to complete their academic secondary education with the intention of attending post-secondary education. The relationships formed by this project will ease the transition to university for Aboriginal students. Students and community members will know about the support services at the Webster Centre. Between the foundational work of kitpu, the academic supports at the Webster Centre, and the more intensive social support of the Mawi' Omi Centre, Aboriginal students have a greater opportunity to enter university and be successful.

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Mawi'Omi Aboriginal Student Resource Centre

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What categories best describe who your group or organization serves (check all that apply)

First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

What best describes your group or organization

University, Technical Institute or College.

How long have you, your group, or your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Define your idea / project in 1-2 short sentences

To provide Academic and Social supports to First Nations youth in secondary school in order to prepare and encourage them to move forward to post-secondary.

Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Start-Up (a project that is just getting started)

Social Impact
Please tell us about the social impact of your idea or proect

The intent of Kitpu is to support First Nations learners by going out to meet them where they are i.e in their schools, in their community, etc. The work we are doing involves working in relation with school administrators, teachers, students, parents and the community in order to bring all the resources and supports needed to help the student succeed. The impact we will have is by increasing not only academic performance, but confidence, life skill development, and the opening of real opportunities for First Nations youth through education.

Your Future Goal(s): Tell us what you hope to achieve with your idea or project in the next year

More First Nations youth in the academic stream (vs general) in the secondary school system.

In 5 years, what will be different as a result of your idea/project?

More First Nations youth will be in the Academic educational stream and as a result will be prepared to enter into Post Secondary.

Tell us about the people/ partnerships that are already involved and why they are important to your idea or project.

The Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
The Native Council of PEI
The Webster Centre for Teaching and Learning at UPEI - this is the hub of academic and social supports at UPEI offering such services as Transition Year programming, Accessibility Services, Mentoring and Tutoring. Modeling our program on this Centre but with the unique needs of First Nations learners in mind will be beneficial to this program.

If there are other people/partners that you will reach out to tell us who they are and why they will be important to your idea or project.

Approximately 100 words left (800 characters).

Describe the kinds of support you receive (other than money) or will need to support your idea or project (e.g.: donated, space, equipment and volunteers)

We have donated space from the Mi'kmaq Confederacy where we run our Homework Club and Tutoring sessions.
Schools have also offered space for tutoring as well as their own resources to assist with student learning.
Schools have also volunteered staff time (i.e. teachers) to meet with our team discuss student needs, learning paths, etc.

Do you currently have funding for your idea or project?

Yes (answer the next two questions)