Calgary, November 11, 2016 — “The Compass Program was very useful to bring out to the (Stoney-Nakoda First Nations) community because it helped participants with their self esteem,” said Alana LaBelle, long-time IofC member and coordinator of another youth program, as she summed up her impressions at the end of three days of self-development activities led by Janyce Konkin, IofC’s Regional Coordinator of Programs in Alberta.
Alana, great-granddaughter of Walking Buffalo, former Stoney-Nakoda Chief and IofC member who initiated IofC’s relations with First Nations by making founder Frank Buchman a blood bother ) asked Janyce to provide IofC’s youth Compass Program to 12 participants of her Skills Link Program (a federal government program to help youth find employment.)
The Compass Program was developed by IofC’s Calgary team in 2006 to provide youth (age 18-35) some direction to their lives, to connect with their own inner guidance and to figure out what is right for them.
The students were enthusiastic as they flowed through the three days of intense self-reflective activities, quiet time reflections and learning opportunities. When asked for their overall impression, they shared such comments as: “It helped me get my feelings out of my heart,” and “It gave me more hope to keep going with my life.”
Different activities appealed to different students, depending on what challenges they had been facing, but all agreed that it helped to build rapport and learn more about each other by sharing their dreams, goals and experiences.
The general feeling can best be summed up from one student’s comment: “The course helped me to be open-minded and taught me to take control of my life.”
Janyce Konkin, Calgary