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Meet Thomas Nowicki, a TNYF part-time employee and jack of all trades

by TNYF Staff / Winnipeg Jets

As a student in the Recreation Management and Community Development program at the University of Manitoba, Thomas Nowicki opted to complete a fieldwork placement. He was presented with many options at a career fair and his parents helped influence his decision knowing he wanted the opportunity to be part of an organization that creates positive change in the community and provides opportunities to youth. Thomas chose the True North Youth Foundation (TNYF) due to the blend of office, programming and event work.

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Learn to Play offers more than skating skills

by Jana Sklover / Winnipeg Jets

The True North Youth Foundation (TNYF) recently embraced a new NHL initiative for children who have never been exposed to the game of hockey. Children between the ages of 8 and 9 are carefully chosen to by the school division to attend the program once a week for ten weeks at their local community arena. The children are provided with free equipment from the NHL over a ten week period and are also being monitored by Hockey Canada and Hockey Manitoba. Not only will they watch the children's individual progress during the program, they will continue to do so to see if they still skate and/or play hockey once the program has finished.

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Camp Manitou Continues to Expand

by Andrea Geary / Canstar Community News

Twelve cabins now nestle in the woods at Camp Manitou offering overnight accommodation for 120 guests. The cabins each contain bunk beds for 10 and two single beds for staff or adult supervisors. The pine interiors include skylights as well as overhead fans and they can be heated. A pathway system will connect the cabins and a picnic/bonfire area will be created.

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The Magic of Camp Manitou

by TNYF staff in conjunction with the Winnipeg Foundation @TNYouthFDN / Winnipeg Jets

The Magic of Camp Manitou

Camp Manitou: View the magic of camp in action

Camp Manitou is about fun, friends and connecting with nature - and for many it's about building self-confidence

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Camp Manitou is about fun, friends and connecting with nature. And for many it's about building self-confidence.

According to long-time supporter and True North Youth Foundation board member John Bock. "What the kids simply need is someone to believe in them."

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Camp Manitou Introduces Overnight Camp

by Kait Flett - True North Youth Foundation @TNYouthFDN / Winnipeg Jets

Camp Manitou is gearing up for its fourth summer of operation under the leadership of the True North Youth Foundation (TNYF). This summer will be the first time that Manitou offers the opportunity for campers to sleep away from home. The cabins will be in use two nights a weeks, giving many young campers their first overnight experience while allowing them to not feel too overwhelmed by being away from home for a full week.

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How You Make a Difference at Camp Manitou

by True North Youth Foundation @TNYouthFDN / Winnipeg Jets

Kids like Liam Need Camp…read Liam's story.

For a six months, Liam was quiet and withdrawn. He was not the same outgoing child that he once had been. His mother, Jen, wondered why his behavior had changed and tried to talk to Liam about it. Liam would always change the subject. He stopped wanting to go to school and hanging around with friends. Finally, one day Liam opened up about how a few boys would push him around and throw his backpack on the ground while he walked to school. Liam's mom was thankful that he opened up and was very supportive of her son. She contacted the school and worked with the teacher on ways to alleviate the bullying. By this point there was not much of the school year left and Liam was still not the social boy he once was. He didn't even seem excited about summer vacation.

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Exciting Times at Camp Manitou

by True North Youth Foundation @TNYouthFDN / Winnipeg Jets

Word is getting out that Camp Manitou is a great facility to host a variety of events such as field trips, school camps, family reunions, team wind-ups and birthday parties to name a few. Students, campers, teachers, rental groups and parents have shown appreciation for the significant investment being made to upgrade the facilities at Camp Manitou.

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Minor Hockey Teams are a major win for the WJHA

by True North Youth Foundation @TNYouthFDN / Winnipeg Jets

Just one year ago, there were two WJHA minor hockey teams, both of which, worked incredibly hard and endured a season without any league archived victory and still kept positive attitudes. These players showed up to the games ready to give their best, even though all odds were against them on the scoreboard. Their families came out to show support, and brought cowbells and home-made noisemakers to rattle and cheer, even when scores were lopsided and out of reach.

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Project 11 Brings Mental Health Strategies to over 400 classrooms in MB

by True North Youth Foundation @TNYouthFDN / Winnipeg Jets

Project 11 supports students and teachers with mental wellness practices by providing weekly lessons, videos and daily activities that can be integrated into everyday curriculum. Project 11's resources are all online, easy to access and easy to incorporate in the classroom. There are 15 mental wellness lessons per grade. All the lessons target Manitoba's English Language Arts and Physical Education/Health Education learning outcomes. Each lesson is divided into three parts: the Warm-Up, Game-On and Post-Game. In each Post-Game the students are asked to reflect in their journals, or Score Keepers. They also have a chance to watch and learn from Winnipeg Jets' defensemen Mark Stuart who is found in every Post-Game video. Stuart shares his connection to the lesson by answering students' questions related to the particular them of the week, such as stress, friendship, body image and empathy.

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Learn to Play Program strives for success

True North Youth Foundation embraces new initiative

by Jana Skover / InFlight Magazine

The True North Youth Foundation (TNYF) recently embraced a new NHL initiative for underprivileged children to learn how to play hockey. Children between the ages of 8 and 9 are carefully chosen by the school division to attend the program once a week for ten weeks at their local community arena. The children are provided with free equipment from the NHL over a ten week period and are also being monitored by Hockey Canada and Hockey Manitoba. Not only will they watch the children's individual progress during the program, they will continue to do so to see if they still skate and/or play hockey once the program has finished.

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