Team Unbreakable has gone national!
Our first out-of-province program started this fall at the Comox Military Family Resource Centre on Vancouver Island. Youth Services coordinator Courtnea Stolting is taking the lead.
“We were looking for ways to meet the growing psychological and physical needs of our youth,” Courtnea said. “As a youth program, we noticed that our participants were needing an outlet for their energies and extra support navigating their changing brains and emotions.”
“Team Unbreakable offered the full package.”
The Family Resource Centre on Vancouver Island is one of eleven similar Centres in Canada. It is part of the Military Family Services Program, a Canadian Armed Forces-wide community-based support program for military families. Courtnea, having grown up a “military youth,” attended this Centre and is now giving back.
“I have a deep and empathetic understanding of a lot of the struggles this demographic faces.”
The sessions at the Centre will consist of two programs. The first being a daily after school initiative for pre-teens. The second, which will be launched in early October, will happen weekly on Fridays.
Courtnea’s optimistic the program will be well received. “I do expect the program will create a growing enthusiasm as they are given the skills and reinforcement to see that they can be successful in whatever they do, even running.”
Courtnea hopes Team Unbreakable will help lighten the emotional and mental burden COVID-19 has had on youth she works with at the Centre.
“While running Team Unbreakable, we hope for beautiful weather so we can primarily keep our youth outdoors, which is the safest place for gatherings. It’s also the best place to get grounded and in tune with the outdoors. But we live in a rain forest and some wet runs will just keep us exhilarated,” she says.
“I am beyond excited to get Team Unbreakable off the ground and get our kids set up for success.”