NYA Next is NYA’s newest program offering which debuted in 2016. It is available to any alumni of the Canadian Program between the ages of 16 and 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. The purpose behind the program’s creation is to allow for NYA’s desire to build a more diverse offering, emphasizing goal setting and achievement, which can be individually tailored to each Participant’s interests and needs, highlighted by a distinct Personal Learning Project that each participant will complete, and will be accessed and facilitated through the aid of the program’s Personal Achievement Coach. The bulk of the summer placement for NYA Next will take place at Algonquin College in Ottawa, where Participants will learn about construction and building; engage in volunteer work and service learning; and participate in a multitude of group activities.
Similarly to other NYA programs, NYA Next will begin with several months of preparation and assignments completed by Participants in their home community. Then in July Participants will travel to Ottawa to take part in a week long orientation camp that will focus on providing a foundation of skills and a framework to equip Participants for their experience on summer placement. After Orientation participants will move to Algonquin College where they will spend the next five weeks. Here Participants will live in student housing and will experience an environment similar to that of a post-secondary student. Participants will also take part in two multi-day trips while on summer placement: one to a Provincial park and the other to a nearby city. Participants will then conclude their summer with a Re-Orientation that will serve as a culmination of their learning, before returning their home communities to share their experiences with their communities, families, and friends.
NYA Next emphasizes the construction trades in response to the growing number of skilled trades jobs available in the North and the interests and career aspirations of many program alumni. Participants will undergo offerings facilitated by Algonquin College staff providing foundational learning in various areas of the construction trades. Beyond the in-class learning that takes place at the college, many practical lessons are learned by participants through living in student accommodations, experiencing campus life and receiving a glimpse of what is involved in being a post-secondary student. This wonderful opportunity was a great way for the Participants to become comfortable with the idea of going away for school and overcoming any hesitation or reservations they may have had.
NYA Next Participant’s build upon the job preparation and career planning activities they completed as part of the NYA Canadian Program. They update their resumes and skills portfolios and complete another series of career planning activities. In addition to acquiring hands on trades related experience, the program emphasizes individual goal setting and provides an access to opportunities of their own individual interest. Through the Personal Learning Project and other self-reflective activities and assignments, Participants are challenged to identify interests they are passionate about and through coordination with NYA staff and the program’s Personal Learning Coach are afforded the opportunity to actualize these desired pursuits.
Areas of Focus
NYA Next focuses on:
- Personal Learning Project
- Construction Trades Training
- Volunteer Work and Service Learning
- Career Options
- Life Skills, Leadership and Group Living
- Individual Coaching and Goal Setting
- Personal Learning Project
- Healthy Lifestyles/Sport and Recreation
- Cultural Exchange
Participants of NYA Next receive:
- Updated First-Aid Training
- Experience in Construction Trades
- Sessions on Post-Secondary Options and Preparedness
- Career Preparedness
- 150 Hours of Volunteer Experience
- Presentation and Public Speaking Practice
- Cultural Awareness
- 9 High School Credits