Youth Development Program in Northern Manitoba

  • Christopher D. Brown Brandon University
  • Brandee Albert Thompson Community Circle
Keywords: aboriginal; youth; leadership; transformative; success


This article describes a study of the Cultural, Economic, Political, and Social Youth Leadership Development Program (CEPS), an identity-building program for disengaged youth, conducted by a community-university alliance in northern Manitoba, Canada. The study was conducted through the lens of transformative learning theory. Findings indicate participation in CEPS strengthened the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being of the quality of their lives, and provided knowledge and leadership skill development. The CEPS program also developed the participants' agency to make a difference in their lives, their families, and their communities.  


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Author Biographies

Christopher D. Brown, Brandon University

Chris Brown is an associate professor in the Educational Psychology and Student Services department at Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada.

Brandee Albert, Thompson Community Circle

Brandee Albert is currently a social worker in the School District of Mystery Lake, Thompson, Manitoba, Canada. She is also the VOICE coordinator for the Thompson Community Circle through Brandon University.

How to Cite
Brown, C. D., & Albert, B. (2018). Youth Development Program in Northern Manitoba. The Rural Educator, 36(2).
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