Northern Youth In Service

About NYiS

Northern Youth in Service, provides youth with the opportunity to create and deliver programs within their home communities.

Youth get individual support, training and resources to successfully design and deliver their project. Past projects have included hunting programs, youth groups, arts and sewing projects, and events. Projects can be anything you can dream of that can help your community!

Youth can start projects alone, with friends, with other youth from different communities, in networks . . . if you have an idea or want to work on a team let us know on your application!

2020 NYiS Program – Applications Open

We are accepting nominations (recommendations) and applications for the 2020 Northern Youth in Service program. If you are interested in applying or nominating a youth for this year’s program, please read the “how applications work”.

How applications work

  1. Youth who want to apply should click the “Apply Now” button and fill out the online application form. If you would like a copy to download/print, please email
  2. Youth who have been nominated should click the “I want to apply” button below and will be asked for the contact info for their Nominator.
  3. If you want to nominate a youth, you should click the “Nomination Form” button below. If you want to nominate multiple youths, you will have to fill out one form per youth.

NYiS during Covid-19

With recent events due to Covid-19, the need for creativity is stronger than ever before! We can offer support remotely to youth who are able to start their projects soon. This is a great time to start a project! We have adapted this program to be delivered remotely.

There are so many ideas of projects that can be created right now – getting youth out on the land, starting a tech project or online project, helping those affected by COVID, keeping people in the community busy or helping them learn, partnering with youth in other communities or even across Canada . . . if you can dream of it we can help you make it happen! If you have an idea for a project that right now might be harder due to social distancing, let us know and we can work with you to figure out a solution.

Normally the program would involve a face-to-face training week, however, under current circumstances all NYA travel is on hold. Any decisions that involve travel for NYiS will be made with the health and safety of all Participants in mind and in accordance with all public health guidelines, and we will continue to adapt to the circumstances as they change… stay tuned!

Who can apply?

Anyone from Nunavut, the NWT, or Yukon who is 14-25 years old can apply. We are looking for youth who are excited about starting a project, who are or want to become leaders, and who want to make a difference in their communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why NYIS? What is it? “NYiS” is Northern Youth in Service. It is a program to help youth create and start a community-based project and develop their leadership skills.

When is the program? Where does it take place? The program is ongoing, and will take place over several months from the Participants’ community. The length of the program depends on the type of project Participants would like to do. There may be an opportunity to travel for the program, but will only take place if/when it is safe to do so. Until then, the program will be done remotely.

Do I have to be an NYA Alumni (already done an NYA Program) to apply? No, applications are open to all youth (ages 14-25) from any Territory.

When is the deadline for nominations? The deadline is ongoing (no due date right now) but the sooner you apply, the sooner you can start and get funding.

Who can apply? Any youth between the ages of 14 and 25 who are currently living in either the Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Yukon can apply.

How do I apply? How do I nominate a youth? Please read the “How applications work” above.

What is a community-based project? It can be any type of project/activity in your community! For example: starting a new program, building something for your community, forming a committee/youth group. Previous NYiS projects have been hunting groups, beading projects, youth groups, fitness projects, and square dance events.  

Do I have to know what I want to do for a project? No, you do not have to know exactly what you want to do, but you should have an idea of what types of activities you are interested in (traditional skills, learning, music, art, or anything else!)

Does this program cost anything? No, all costs are covered, and each project can get funding for supplies and materials (one of the 2019 projects even won an additional $100,000 through the Arctic Inspiration Prize for their project!)

Do I have to do my project alone? No! you can work with other youth in your community or remotely with other youth in the north. You can get help with coming up with ideas, and can create a network of youth if you’d like. You will be the leader of your project, and it is your choice if you want to work together with others or alone.

What will happen if I am selected? If selected, you will be sent an assignment binder. You will then need to complete assignments and volunteer in your community. We will then work one-on-one with you to design and start your project!

What is the time commitment? We estimate around 1-3 hours per week, although this could be more or less depending on your project.

How will NYA support my project? Each Participant can access at least $500 in funding. You will also get one-on-one support from staff, training, and we can help you apply for more funding through other organizations in the future.

What are the benefits of Participating in NYiS?

  • We help you start a project! This can help you, your community, and other youth.
  • At least 90 hours of training, design and delivery of community-based projects
  • Skills in Goal Setting
  • Program management skills
  • Confidence and Independence
  • Skills in goal setting
  • Practical job skills
  • Volunteer hours that can go towards your grad requirements

2019 Community Projects

Read more about the youth and each of their community projects here!

2019 Training Week

In October 2019, 24 youth from across the north travelled to Ottawa for a week to receive training for developing and delivering their community projects. Participants worked as a group and individually to brainstorm, come up with and test ideas, and present their community projects to each other. They also had the chance to get feedback from a group of local Ottawa youth who visited. All 24 Participants left with a solid foundation for their projects, and the tools they will need to implement it over the coming months.

For updates about their projects, be sure to like and follow NYA on social media!

Northern Youth in Service is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps