Northern Youth In Service

Applications Now Closed

If you have missed the deadline but would like to apply, please contact Karen Aglukark at If you have applied and are wondering what comes next, we will be contacting those who applied in early September to schedule interviews.

Accept Your Spot

If we have contacted you and you have been accepted into the 2019 Northern Youth in Service Program, the acceptance form is below.

Permission Form

Fill out the form below to give permission to a 2019 NYiS Participant to travel. The form must be filled out by an authorized school designate, like a Principal or Vice Principal.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

When is the deadline? Applications are due by August 15th.

Why NYIS? What is it? NYIS stands for Northern Youth in Service. It is a new program from NYA to help youth develop their leadership capacity, their job skills, and will help them start a community-based project.

Who can apply? First Nations, Inuit or Métis youth between the ages of 15 and 25 who are currently living in either the Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Yukon are eligible to apply for this program.

What is a community-based project? It can be any type of project in your community! It can include starting programs, building something, starting a group. Whatever helps your community and develops your skills and leadership.

Do I have to know what I want to do? No, you do not have to know exactly what you want to do, but you should have an area of interest. If you do have a specific idea for a project you can put it in the application.

How do I apply? Applications are now closed, but you can contact the NYA office with questions.

What will happen if I am selected? We will select those who will Participate by early September. If selected, you will be paired with a mentor who will help you with your project. You will travel to Ottawa for training in October for a week. Over the next 6 months, NYA will help you develop, plan, and start your project.

How will NYA support my project? Each project will get up to $500 in funding. You will also get support through mentorship, training, and we can help you apply for more funding through other organizations in the future.

What are the benefits?

  • Minimum 90 hours of training, design and delivery of community-based projects
  • Skills in Goal Setting
  • Program management skills and capacity
  • Confidence and Independence
  • Skills in goal setting
  • Practical job skills

Northern Youth In Service is funded by the Government of Canada through Canada Service Corp