NYA has a number of partners that enable us to enhance our programming. Working in collaboration with other organizations of different specializations and capacities serves to broaden the spectrum of our programming and diversify the services we are able to offer our Participants. As a result, Participants have access to new experiences, opportunities, training and extra support, all while still achieving the objectives of NYA. NYA’s partners contribute in different ways, either by promoting NYA’s program to youth in their home communities and providing support, or by offering enhanced, specialized program opportunities.
Northern High Schools
NYA receives strong support from high schools in both Nunavut and the NWT. The administration and classroom teachers support the program by way of advertising, assisting with recruitment, lending individual support to applicants, and serving as Mentors. They occasionally act as Orientation and Re-orientation Facilitators and committee members. We are very appreciative that the local schools recognize the importance of the program, help their students access it, and support their involvement in it.
Since 2013, NYA has worked in collaboration with Algonquin College to provide fundamental training in the construction trades. This partnership allows International Program Participants to receive training in fundamental construction trades, offering experience and skills to advance the career interests of Participants. Beyond finishing the courses with basic knowledge of construction trades, experience and a certificate from Algonquin College, participants were able to experience life as college students and gain the confidence to potentially pursue post-secondary education.
Habitat for Humanity
The in-country component of the 2014 International Trades Program in Guatemala was coordinated in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. This partnership allowed the goals and objectives of NYA’s mandate to be achieved, while putting in practice the trades skills Participants learned at Algonquin College. The capacity of Habitat for Humanity and their specific knowledge in Guatemala enabled NYA to offer a comprehensive international program that promoted NYA’s mission of skills development, personal growth and cultural exchange.