Northern Youth In Service

About NYiS

In 2019, Northern Youth Abroad launched a program available to youth from Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon. The new program, 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 – Open until July 15

We are accepting nominations (recommendations) 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”. Nominators who have a youth in mind for this years program can fill out the Nomination Form below.

Nomination Form

How applications work

  1. Youth who want to apply will be asked to find a Nominator (someone who can recommend you for the program). This is someone who is not direct a family member who knows them well (for example a coach, workplace supervisor, or teacher)
  2. Youth who do not have a Nominator should first try to find a Nominator. If you can’t find anyone, you can email Alissa at or message NYA on facebook explaining that you can’t find a Nominator. We can help you find someone!
  3. Youth who do have a Nominator should click the “I want to apply” button bellow and will be asked for the contact info for their Nominator.
  4. Those who want to nominate a youth should click the “Nomination Form” button above. If you want to nominate multiple youth, you will have to fill out one form per youth.
  5. Once we have the Nomination Form, we will send the youth a link to the Application Form to apply directly.
  6. After the deadline has closed, we will look at applications and start selections, which will include a small interview. This will likely be in late July.
I want to apply

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.

Any decisions that involve travel for NYiS will absolutely be made with the health and safety of all Participants in mind, and we will continue to adapt as they change. We hope to have an in-person training week with travel, if this is not possible we will have other remote training options. 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 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? Nominations are due by July 15th.

Who can apply? First Nations, Inuit or Métis youth between the ages of 14 and 25 who are currently living in either the Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Yukon can apply for this program.

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 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. Over the summer, you will need to complete assignments and volunteer in your community. We will help you make your project idea a reality! Participants who complete their assignments and volunteer hours may be eligible to travel to the NYIS training week (all the youth together) if it is safe to do so. The dates for NYiS 2020 have not been confirmed yet and will take into consideration travel safety.

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 project will get up to $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

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