I got to know Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc [TAYFFI] in February of 2019. The organization is truly centered on service and advancement of newcomers in Saskatoon and they have proved this without a doubt. In my case I have had the opportunity to serve as an MC at community event, get connected to a summer job, and have increased my network with virtually all the community-based organizations in Saskatoon. The Youth Mentoring and Leadership program at TAYFFI helped me to develop my soft skills, inter-personal leadership engagement, event planning and fundraising, among others. I am grateful to the Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc for advancing leadership skills and increasing my social participation and network in Saskatoon beyond the university community.
I found my passion for helping others because TAYFFI opened their doors for me. My name is Hiba Mohammed, I am a 1st year student at the University of Saskatchewan studying to be a social worker because I have a passion for helping others. Volunteering with the Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc has been one of the most amazing experiences for me. I got to make some amazing friends and met people from all over the world learning about their backgrounds and their life stories. I am grateful for the opportunity given to me by Truly Alive Foundation to work with newcomer kids and assist them through the struggles of fitting in a new society and learning to be part of the Canadian community.
I never realized the amount of history involved in the Truth and Reconciliation Movement until I represented the Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc [TAYFFI] at a recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission Youth Conference in Regina. Everyone was immensely welcoming, and I really felt like I had a voice there. I was thrilled to have been part of the experience, relating with each other's stories, and finding the similarities in our cultures. We even came up with a metaphor and likened Reconciliation to Sharing Spicy Food - it's giving others a taste of your meal, but also knowing that their minds and body may not be immune to it. Yet, their willingness to eating and appreciating that meal can go a long way! I am grateful to TAYFFI for the privilege to partake in this life-changing opportunity.
Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc holds a huge credit in making me feel integrated in the Community I was new to, and makes me understand how each one of us is indispensable to our community.