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Native Youth Program

What is the Native Youth Program?

2019 cohort member Kaleigh Goetzinger giving an Art + Activism tour at the NYP 40th Anniversary Celebration. Photo by Xinyue Liu/Vandocument.

The Native Youth Program (NYP) is a summer program for urban Indigenous youth, ages 15 to 18, currently enrolled in secondary school. Each year, this summer job opportunity is a full training and work experience that offers up to eight Indigenous high school students a chance to explore their identity through art and culture and to learn about MOA, UBC, and its programs.

The goal is to produce young Indigenous leaders, provide meaningful direction and mentoring, enhance employment opportunities for Indigenous youth and promote public understanding of the diversity and richness of Indigenous cultures within the UBC community. While the core program is consistent year to year, evolution in project learning and innovation in partnerships and use of digital media delivers new elements. NYP has graduated over 200 Indigenous students, many who have gone on to successful post-secondary education. NYP’s proven model has been adopted around the world. In 2019, NYP celebrated its 40-year anniversary—take a look at this Facebook album of the participants from over the years.

The Native Youth Program is co-organized by MOA and the First Nation House of Learning at UBC, and supported by the Patrick and Beryl Campbell Charitable Trust.

For more information about the Native Youth Program, please contact Damara Jacobs-Petersen, Curator, Indigenous Programs:

The Native Youth Program is on Instagram and Facebook! Follow the journeys of the NYP cohorts through their time at MOA.

2022 Native Youth Program — Now accepting applications

Requirements: Applicants must be Indigenous secondary students enrolled in school. Graduating students are welcome to apply.

Details: Full-time employment starts Monday, July 4, 2022 to Friday, August 19, 2022 (7 weeks). The work schedule is Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Rate of pay: $15.65 per hour.

How to apply: Please submit a letter stating why you are interested in participating in the Native Youth Program and a current resume. Also, complete and submit one of the required assignments which involves visiting the museum or writing an essay about an Indigenous issue that is important to you. Application package is available here.

Deadline to apply: Friday, May 20, 2022

Banner image: 2019 cohort member Suzanne Guerin gives a tour at the NYP 40th Anniversary Celebration. Photo by Xinyue Liu/@vandocument