John Ware Youth
Empowerment and Engagement Hub
There are significant challenges for young people who have ‘aged out’ of high school or the secondary school system. Support and guidance is needed to transition through this stage to identify potential career and life opportunities.
Skilled, Strong, Good Natured and Courageous.
This initiative is named after John Ware because of his tenacity, hard work and determination to improve his life. John Ware is legendary in the history of Southern Alberta.
He was admired for being one of the best cowboys of his time.
What distinguishes John Ware is how successfully he established himself.
In 19th Century Canadian society anti-Black prejudice and discrimination were common. John Ware was so admired and well-respected that his Calgary funeral was reported to be one of the largest of its’ time.
A sudden loss of support through the school system presents challenges for youth.
Transitioning through this critical life stage requires support. Many youth of immigrant parents do not have a supportive family environment. They experiences have not enabled them to identify potential career and life opportunities.
Pilot launch February 28 2022
FRIENDS OF JOHN WARE:
"This investment in the John Ware Youth Empowerment Program is an investment in the future of our province. The program will have lasting impacts for generations to come for visible minority and newcomer youth in rural Alberta. Ensuring John Ware’s legacy of hard work and courage is something every Albertan can be proud of."
Ron Orr - Minister of Culture
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