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NYA offers three programs for youth in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. All three programs are ten months long, consisting of preparatory assignments from January to June, an orientation camp in Ottawa, a summer placement from July to mid-August, a debriefing camp and fall assignments from the end of placement to October.

Canadian Program

Bradley and Ethan (3)The first phase of NYA’s programming is the Canadian Program. Open to Nunavut and NWT youth aged 15-20, this program culminates with a 5 week placement in a southern Canadian community in which participants live with a host family and volunteer 35 hours per week at a professional workplace in an area of career interest. The Canadian Program emphasizes career skills, work experience, leadership, confidence, volunteerism and cross-cultural awareness.
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NYA Next


NYA Next is available to any alumni of the Canadian Program under the age of 22. NYA Next works to revisit, reinforce and build upon many of the facets and lessons of the Canadian program by promoting education, personal growth, cultural awareness and career preparation. NYA Next emphasizes goal setting and achievement, through an individually tailored action plan for each participant – highlighted by a Personal Learning Project completed by each Participant. The summer placement for NYA Next will take place at Algonquin College in Ottawa, where Participants will complete a construction and building course; engage in volunteer work and service learning; and participate in a multitude of group activities.
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International Program

intlThe International Program is available to alumni of the Canadian Program under the age of 22. This program involves group travel to a summer placement in an international location. Previous International Program destinations have included Swaziland, Botswana, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Participants contribute to a community volunteer initiative, develop professional skills and take part in cultural exchange, including interaction with local indigenous populations. The International Program builds upon the foundation of the Canadian Program and emphasizes global citizenship.
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