The 1932byBateman Open is pleased to support two important charities in the community.
CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health is a major community-focused provider of mental health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families across northern Alberta. From four treatment centres in the Edmonton area, CASA provides full assessment and treatment services for approximately 4000 infants, children, and adolescents from birth to age 18 each year.
The net proceeds from the 1932byBateman Open will be directed to CASA Youth Council (CYC) which is a mental health action group that launched in May 2016 to create a space for youth-driven mental health initiatives within the mental health treatment system and the wider community. The CASA Youth Council is hosted by CASA Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health, which provides a home base for council activities. CYC has 19 volunteer council members who range in age from fourteen to twenty-three. CYC members share their diverse perspectives to build a collaborative, driven group that is a microcosm of the diverse Edmonton youth voice. Our council’s direction springs from our desire to make tangible changes in the youth mental health experience by: adding a youth perspective to mental health service and policy design, creating anti-stigma projects, and helping young people in our community know that they are not alone in their challenges. The CASA Youth Council contributes to a number of key CASA organizational activities and has four subcommittees led by youth chairs who are sitting members of the Council. Each subcommittee creates projects focused around our common goals of sharing youth voices, reducing stigma and misinformation about mental health, and advocating for changes in youth experiences within the mental health system, schools, workplaces, and society as a whole.
Support from the 1932byBateman Open will enable us to continue to expand our subcommittee projects and impact youth and adults in our community by:
- supporting our participation in professional conferences where we have an opportunity to speak with clinical providers about the youth mental health experience in the value of youth advocacy projects
- supporting our student education project designed to reduce misinformation about mental health among students and teachers and promote positive conversations about mental illness in schools
- ensuring the continuation of our youth voice publication Unseen magazine, to reach the greatest possible readership and allow youth to share their voices and see themselves reflected in a formalized publication
- host or participate in events that promote youth mental well-being and reduce stigma in our community
YOUCAN Youth Services
YOUCAN Youth Services assists young people to stay in school, transition back into school, or transition into employment. We believe in a 50/50 attitude and approach when working with youth; we will work very hard for them, but we expect them to work very hard for themselves. Our Mission: We engage young people to transform their lives by interrupting the cycle of harm.
The net proceeds from the event will help support our Verto Project (Verto is Latin for “turn-around” or “change”) which is a unique, 20-week pre-employment program that assists at-risk youth between the ages of 18-24 transition out of harm’s way and back into school or into the workforce. Twelve youth are accepted into each Intake, with a new project beginning every 8 weeks.
During the first 8 weeks of program, youth will participate in employment and personal development, technology training, and conflict resolution as well as health and wellness training, volunteerism, life transitioning and leadership development. During the final 2 weeks of the program, youth will experience intensive employment readiness training and receive certification in many other employment related certifications if needed.
Youth then enter into a paid 12-week work experience component of the program. Our Employment Coordinator works to match youth with employers, and set them up for success in the workplace.
Employment is the goal for the youth attending the project, with schooling as an option in order to achieve the employment goals set by the youth.