CRUW Video: Creating Healthy Agents of Change


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CRUW emerged through a community partnership, initially funded through the Community Action Initiative (CAI) of BC, and the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York.  The program assists vulnerable inner city youth to view culture and green space as critical sources of holistic wellness, emotional and cultural competence, and concrete skill development.  CRUW is based at Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (the lead agency), and is run in partnership with Pacific Community Resources Society, The UBC Farm, and the Aboriginal Health Garden in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC.

There are critical gaps in services for connecting Vancouver’s most vulnerable inner city youth to green space for wellness in holistic and dynamic ways. CRUW addresses these gaps by bringing together Aboriginal youth in foster care with new immigrant youth. CRUW promotes engagement with a deeply historical Aboriginal relationship to land, using the wellness youth derive from this connection as a catalyst for holistic and sustainable wellness in a diverse urban environment. CRUW is grounded in 4 program objectives: Honouring Our Diversity; Emotional and Cultural Competence; Holistic & Sustainable Urban Wellness; and Mentorship.

In 2014 CRUW launched two expansion programs to support alumni interest and youth mentor initiative.  The core UBC Farm program is the gateway to CRUW. Youth first join as participants, and after graduation they have the opportunity to apply to return a second year as paid youth mentors.  Youth mentors and other alumni then have the opportunity to attend both the Cottonwood Community Garden program, and the Life Skills program. These 3 aspects of CRUW provide a multi-year trajectory of service to 100+ youth annually, empowering them as skilled and healthy agents of change within their communities.

For more information on the 3 aspects of CRUW please see: