Team Tuesday

 

Crystal Leach,
Youth Program Coordinator
445 King Street

Crystal’s job is to work with the youth in the community and provide them with meaningful programs, support our existing programs, and help build on new programs and special projects. Crystal also works with our Sacred Seven Youth Council who is the voice for the youth in the community.  She does a lot of training for Equitas in Human Rights, Young Women Speak Out Program & Play it Fair.

Recently, she has been training our youth, community and staff in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). This is important to Crystal because we have been experiencing many thoughts of suicide in our local communities. Northern communities need ASIST to help our people have the tools to help them move forward.

Crystal has worked with youth since the age of 15 and stated her journey in a program for youth to get employment called “Aboriginal Youth Support Program”. From there she was able to secure her first job at Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre.

 

Where do you come from? 
I am from Winnipeg, Metis

What inspires you?
Who inspires me is the young people & community I am so lucky to be able to work with. The young people are so strong and resilient and they inspire me every day to work hard and help them have the tools to move forward in life in a positive way. Our youth are the future and our Future is so bright.

What does Ma Mawi mean to you?
Ma Mawi saved me! It’s my family. Ma Mawi is an amazing organization, where we are able to help people and youth every day and makes my life so meaningful. I feel like Ma Mawi is a hub for families and community with everything we do here we are always putting our community and youth first. It is a very special place and I’m so proud of the work we do together. My history was actually coming from the youth department programs being mentored from senior staff such as Larry and Jackie when I was a youth. The kindness they showed me as a young person really helped me realize who I wanted to be and where I wanted to work when I grew up “ Ma Mawi” now flash forward 15 years later and I am lucky to say I work as the Youth Programs Coordinator.