Participating in, Arts, Sports, and Society (PASS) is a project aimed to identify and address barriers that prevent racialized youth (including newcomers) from accessing sports activities. This goal is reached by implementing different activities and events such as Community Information Sessions (CIS), introduction to new sports events, anti-racism education, and a forum of stakeholders.
In the CIS we provide the following information:
● How the sport system works in Edmonton and Alberta.
● How to get involved in certain sports and activities.
● Assistant programs that exist and how to apply for low-income families (e.g.,KidSport Edmonton, JumpStart Canadian Tire Foundation).

At the CIS we also discuss and share your own experience of facing different barriers in sport participation. We organize several sporting activities such as free try-out events and camps to introduce to different sports. We will be posting upcoming events on the website.

The PASS project is aimed to:
● Identify the barriers that newcomers and racialized communities may face in their participation in sports and physical activity.
● Facilitate collective sector conversation to address these barriers and come up with strategies to work together.
● Help newcomers to know how to navigate the Canadian system and how to access the resources that are already available out there.
● Empower racialized youth to actively participate in sports and physical activities as it is an important means of integrating into society and feeling the sense of belonging. 
● Raise sector awareness of racism and racial discrimination in sports.

Benefits of sports participation for youth:
● Teaches youth to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
● Gives positive social impact – communication with peers, team-building skills, etc.
● Builds participants’ self-confidence.
● Increases participants’ sense of belonging.

 

For more information on this program, contact Aisulu Abdykadyrova: aisulu.abdykadyrova@a4hc.ca