AKWE:GO Program (AKWE:GO)
The Akwe:go Program provides urban aboriginal children ages 7-12 with the support tools and healthy activities which will build upon and foster their inherent ability to make healthy choices. The design of this program is based on one fundamental principle: to improve the quality of life of urban Aboriginal children through the delivery of culturally appropriate programs and services.
"Akwe:go" is a Mohawk word that means "All of Us".
There are five program objectives. These include:
- Provision of social supports to address self-esteem issues, victimization issues and peer.
- Through outreach, the program aims to increase access to culturally appropriate services for Child in care and their families, and to include support and education for non-Aboriginal adoptive and foster parents;
- Promotion of health and physical development to address interrelated health impacts of poverty, diabetes, and obesity;
- Increase support for children in through institutional interventions, by providing school suspension supports, direct access to computers and literacy initiatives, and encouraging healthy relationships with peers and authority figures and;
- Increase support for children with FASD and/or Disabilities and their families by proving access to tutoring and mentoring, supervised physical activities and incorporating a parent support component.