Hi, my name is Jayme Nerysoo I am from Fort McPherson, NT. Last year I completed the Canadian Program and was placed in Kitchener, ON. This summer I am participating in NYA Next, in Ottawa. This is the second year that NYA has ran the NEXT Program. NYA Next is all about the next steps after high school. It gives you the opportunity to stay on a college campus and to take a construction course for 4 weeks, and to explore a bigger city.
So far we have gone to the malls, camping, canoeing, exploring parts downtown, such as Parliament Hill, and even tried a beaver tail. We also went to the Jerry Cans concert at the National Art Centre, they are an Inuit band from Iqaluit and Pangniqtuuq, Nunavut.
In our construction course we made a picture frame in the first week. Now we’re working in pairs of two to make dog houses, which I am looking forward to.
I am looking forward to exploring more of Ottawa and going to Montreal next month for a weekend. I will also be taking a Spanish class to learn some more Spanish, which I think will be very interesting.
I am really enjoying myself this summer here in Ottawa, making new friends, and great memories with the rest of the participants in the program!