Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spring Break By: Dave Skene

      This March 18-27 I will be taking a group of First Nations youth to Modesto, California for their spring break. There we will be working with our old friend Chris Whitler who runs YWAM Modesto. This is our first trip of this sort. The youth are mostly from the Tsartlip community on Vancouver Island; an Indigenous community Global Youth Network has been working with for the past three years.

      While in Modesto, they will be helping YWAM Modesto with their work with the homeless. We will also be visiting the Native American community that is close to Modesto as well as a Native American educational centre in San Francisco.

      The purpose of this trip is to expose the youth to volunteerism and to see how they can make a difference in their own community. At present we have six males who have signed up, which is surprising as usually all our teams are predominately female.  We are excited to have the opportunity to be involved in mentoring these youth to become leaders of change in their own communities.

      I am trying to raise $3,000 dollars to help subsidize the travel for these youth, as many of them don’t have the resources to be able to pay for the trip themselves. Tsartlip is a community with high unemployment so most of the parents can not afford to send their kids on a trip like this. The kids in our group are doing their own fundraisers and have raised $400 so far, but they still need a lot of help.  I am looking for help from family, friends and Global alumni. If you can contribute any amount toward helping these kids go to Modesto there are a number of options to get your support to Global.

If you would like to donate on-line just go to the Global website, click on ‘Donate Now’ in the bottom right corner and under Fund/Designation select ‘2. Aboriginal Program’

If you would like to send in a cheque, please mail it to:

Global Youth Network, Toronto (National Office)
P.O. Box 92515
152 Carlton St.
Toronto, ON M5A 2K1
***If you are mailing a donation, please include a note stating that it is for the Spring Break Aboriginal Program.

If you would like to talk to me more about this give me a call at (778)238-7026 or e-mail me at

Thank you for considering this opportunity,

Dave Skene

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