The Ultimate Challenge
For Healthy Living
The goal of this ultimate challenge
was to expand the Cultural
knowledge of Aboriginal Youth
in an outdoor setting.
In the past year, I have been made aware of a crisis
in education as well as a sense of justice in native
youth. I noticed that there are problems with family
breakdowns, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide and high
Coming from a small native community, I look at the
youth themselves and I see something different about
them. The problems are still there, but I see real native
teenagers who want so much to change and want to
do something about it.
They want a chance to shape
their own future and the future of their loved ones. I
see youth who have been battered and bruised, but
who are trying very hard to get back on their feet. They
want a chance to belong and be themselves in this
world today but canít do it.
This is the problem that faces our young native people.
As a 15 year old Aboriginal youth, this has encouraged
me to promote health and wellness for native youth
through The Ultimate Challenge and leadership camps.
My goal is to show youth how to keep their identity and
once again take control of their future.
The goal of this ultimate challenge was to expand the
cultural knowledge of Aboriginal Youth in an outdoor
setting. I have been enriched with new competencies
as I explored my identity, within the realm of the beauty
of nature and leadership development.
This challenge offered a unique opportunity for me to
work side-by-side with other native youth, hands-on
service and cultural exchange in the aim of fostering
This Leadership Camp did more for me than anything.
The ten days of continuous events and activities
offered wisdom and insight about who I am as a leader touched me in such a small amount of time. Forever
this experience will be with me.
At the Leadership Camp I explored and mastered
distinctions of leadership. By teaching me how to think,
and not what to think, to control and design my future,
this amazing camp provided me with the opportunity
to unlock my leadership potential and to develop the
essential skills needed for future effective leadership.
This Leadership Camp provided amazing opportunities
to learn important aspects of leadership. This inspired
me to take my leadership skills to a higher level.
Teamwork, commitment and trust were a just a few of
the subjects that Iíve learned about.
One of the greatest rewards I can return home with is
the knowledge that I faced a new challenge and grew
from that challenge.
My goal for this year is to place a greater emphasis in
teambuilding and use the skills Iíve learned to interact
with native youth in team sports such as basketball,
track Ďní ? eld, soccer, and swimming.
Yours for healthy living, Tony Liske