MAP Youth in Vancouver aims at serving new immigrants and refugee youth and young adults who are facing difficult life situations and are willing to take the next steps and move forward. The program provides a safe and supportive environment for youth and young adults to seek assistance during their integrative journey to Canada.
Family and Youth Outreach Workers support youth through different kinds of services, which include:
- 12-week Group Program
- One-on-one Support to reach your goal
- Social and Emotional Support Group
- Job Search and Career Exploration
- Supported Access to Community Services
“STEP UP” started in October 2013, this is a group program that uses expressive arts (including drawing, music and dancing) with diverse culture to help youth to explore their identity, open up to give and receive help and be ready to take action in their lives to achieve their settlement goals.
“STEP UP – Capoeira”
“STEP UP – Capoeira”: Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It was developed in Brazil mainly by West African descendants with native Brazilian influences.
Origin: In the 16th century, Portugal had claimed one of the largest territories of the colonial empires, but lacked people to colonize it, especially workers. In the Brazilian colony, the Portuguese, like many European colonists, chose to use slavery to supply the shortage of workers. … In this environment, capoeira was born as a simple hope of survival. It was a tool with which an escaped slave, completely unequipped, could survive….(Wikipedia).
Youth learned the culture and history of different countries through STEP UP activities. In this case, through capoeira and thus learn to appreciate differences in living in a multicultural environment such as in Canada.