- Position: Child and Youth Care
I attended the 2 year Human Service program at Selkirk College and as part of that program I took a Peace Studies elective during my 2nd year (201412015). I asked my Peace instructor about an upcoming scholarship for a study trip to South Africa, firstly I asked if it was for youth because I’m a mature student. He confirmed it was for all ages and recommended I apply. I had never done anything like that in my life, even just apply!
My marks are very high, I work very hard at my program and I had to also write why I would want to study more about Peace in South Africa and how it would benefit my future work prospects. I was easily able to explain the overlap I felt between the courses I was taking in my main program related to social work/child and youth care, and what I was learning in Peace Studies. Peace and non ‐ violence within families and communities is essential.
I was granted a $3000 scholarship for airfare and 2 weeks of study. It turns out I'm the only student from Selkirk College going to study this August in Johannesburg, South Africa. I'm really excited about it.
The modules I chose to study are Healing, Trauma and Reconciliation, and Peace Clubs for Youth.
I'm incredibly grateful for the financial support I received this year, without it I would have had an even greater amount of stress in my life and I probably would not have had the thought to even apply for this amazing experience. A "realized dream”, truly!
I believe because I had this support, I was able to focus better and do better in all aspects of school and my life!
Thank you Métis Nation BC!