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Aboriginal Youth Navigator

Aboriginal Youth Navigator

“With the support of NVIATS, I am now an Aboriginal Youth Navigator. I realized this is what my heart longed for while I was in college. Growing up in care taught me a lot about myself. Getting thrown to the wolfs when I aged out is the biggest life lesson I’ve been through. I ended up a single mom, on welfare not even a year after aging out. I had no choice but to rely on other people. While trying my hardest not to hit my bottom, I stayed connected with family and friends. When my daughter turned 2, I was sick of living off of $100 a month after bills. I decided to go back to school. But for what? I knew I wanted to help people, So I booked an appointment and signed up for the Community Support Worker course. Now, funding…. How was I going to pay for a $16000 course? MCFD gave me grants and bursaries and living allowance, my band also gave me some funding, but then I heard about NVIATS. I was able to get 100% funding for my course. I was on a role. After making a little extra money from working in the food industry, I helped support Foundry come alive, and community partners fell in love with my passion for helping youth and life experience growing up in the system. With the help of NVIATS and other agencies, I am happy to say now I have reliable income, a boost of confidence, I am happy, and my daughter is thriving in kindergarten.”—Monica W.