Our primary target stakeholders are single Urban Indigenous mothers who are unemployed or under-employed and are motivated to make change in their lives through post-secondary education and employment.
INDIGENOUS HOMEWARD BOUND MODEL
The intake process focuses on proven indicators of success such as motivation, self-determination and academic readiness to ensure participants are prepared for the program’s rigorous demands, particularly the commitment of returning to school.
INTAKE & OUTREACH
Includes a review of program services; information sessions for referral partners; job-readiness assessments; cultural competency; housing information;
educational information; computer skills training; and Indigenous led childcare facilities.
- Increased independence and control in life
- Stablized or improved health
- Sustainable social networks and supports
- Increased involvement in education and/or training
- Enhanced employment opportunities
- Increased income and access to amenities
PHASE 1: Skills Training & Academic Upgrading
This includes life skills, computer skills, financial literacy and an academic upgrading program for college entrance and planning.
PHASE 2: Formal Education
UIHB women attend a college diploma program, in a discipline compatible with Industry Council needs and geared to meet current demands of the labour market.
PHASE 3: Internship / Apprenticeship
Homeward Bound’s Industry Council / Private Sector provides professional internships to help participants gain work experience in their chosen profession.
PHASE 4: Employment
Opportunities for full-time employment with Private Sector / Industry Partners and support in transitioning into their new lives are offered in this final phase.
The Indigenous Homeward Bound program provides stable housing and integration of wholistic community supports education & employment to single Indigenous mothers and their children to strengthen the successful transition to independence and self-sufficiency.
Crystal Kingston, UIHB Coordinator
Lynne Sinclair, UIHB Navigator
(705) 256 5634
122 East Street, Sault Ste Marie, ON