Northern Youth In Service

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About NYiS

Northern Youth in Service (NYiS), helps youth create and deliver projects within their home communities. You do not need an idea or plan to apply!

Participants get individual support, training, and resources to successfully design and deliver a project. A “project” can be any sort of idea – it can be a program, an event, a group, a place, an activity… 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, as part of a class project- if you have an idea or want to work on a team let us know on your application.

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.

Past Projects

So far Participants have created a whole range of different projects; sewing groups, hunting programs, events, art projects, youth groups and more. Some have worked on their own, and others as teams. Some activities were short term, and others are still going. Learn more and get some inspiration by clicking here.

NYiS in 2021

The need for creativity is stronger than ever before! We can offer support remotely to youth who are able to start their projects soon. We have adapted this program to be delivered remotely.

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!

Project Areas

This year, NYA will select five youth in each category. Youth who apply can have a project idea in mind, but they can also just know what area they are most interested in. Each team will receive training, mentorship, a small budget, and support to create their project.

  1. Land & Environment
  2. Culture & Language
  3. Healthy Living
  4. Arts & Creativity
  5. Youth Leadership

*Youth with a project idea outside of these 5 areas can apply under “open projects”

Frequently Asked Questions

What is NYiS?

NYiS (Northern Youth in Service) is a program that supports youth who want to start a project in their home community. It is a great way to turn any ideas into a program! Previous project ideas have included sewing groups, hunting programs, events, art projects, youth groups … if you have an idea (big or small!) or an interest area, you should apply.

Why join NYiS?

Through NYiS, you’ll get to:

  • Explore and build skills in an area that you like!
  • Work with other youth from the north,
  • Receive funding and resources for your idea,
  • Have a supportive network who can help you every step of the way.

When is the deadline?

To join the 2021 Program, please apply by September 30, 2021. If you apply and join earlier, you will be able to start your project sooner.

What do Participants do?

If selected, Participants volunteer their time to come up with a project idea, budget, and timeline. They then get to work alone or with others (your choice!) to make the project happen in your community. We will teach Participants what they need to do and how to do it, but they should expect to commit a few hours a week of volunteer time.

What is a community-based project?

It can be any type of idea that you could do in your community! It can include starting a program, building something, starting a group. Any idea that helps your community and develops your skills and leadership.

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 a focus area that you find interesting. If you do have a specific idea for a project you can let us know.

What will happen if I am selected?

We will contact everyone who applies about how to get started. Your next steps might look different depending on your idea. Participants will need to do some assignments that will help their projects. There may also be opportunities in the future to travel for skill building workshops and training weeks.

How will NYA support my project?

Each project can get at least $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 for participants?

  • Practical job skills
  • Skills in goal setting,
  • Program management skills and capacity,
  • Confidence and independence,
  • An opportunity to meet other youth and make friends.

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.

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