Bring the Trickster Project to the Children of Eden Valley, AlbertaCalgary International Children's Festival Society


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The Trickster Project is a weeklong circus arts mentorship program that uses circus skills training as a vehicle with which to foster teamwork, build self-esteem and develop leadership skills with students in grades 4 - 12. The project is a partnership between the Calgary International Children's Festival and Green Fools Theatre and has operated annually for the past four years.

The project recently completed its second year at the Chief Jacob Bearspaw Memorial School on the Eden Valley Reserve located near Longview, Alberta. Teachers and counselors have noted positive outcomes including improvements in student behavior, their respect for each other and their openness towards new experiences.

The community has expressed a strong desire to have the Trickster Project return to the school in the fall of 2011. We are seeking partners able to contribute towards making this happen.

Community Benefit

The Trickster Project provides an opportunity for students to engage in a unique and exciting experience, which they then share with the rest of their community. Researchers have found that youth who participate in activities that they consider interesting and exciting experience positive outcomes including: - lower rates of school failure and drop out, - lower rates of anti-social and criminal behaviors, - lower rates of depression, - increase in self-esteem and positive self-image. RCMP Constable Donald Vanderrick who is stationed in Eden Valley has reported that 'there is a general lack of confidence among the residents in their own ability to change their lives for the better. That lack of confidence ties into a myriad of problems from prescription drug and alcohol abuse, to violent behaviour, arson, unemployment – the type of problems that plague the community.' - Okotoks Western Wheel

How will the $10K be used?

Budget Notes: This grant will NOT cover the additional cost of: - instructor fees - equipment purchases - project coordination These costs are estimated at an additional $25,000
$ 4,000 Instructor travel
$ 6,000 Instructor accommodations and meals, 10 people x 6 days

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