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Native Youth Program

What is the Native Youth Program?

2019 cohort 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, it provides employment and training for up to eight Indigenous high school student workers and one Indigenous university student worker.

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.

If you have any questions about the Native Youth Program please contact:
Damara Jacobs-Petersen at nyp@moa.ubc.ca

or follow the Native Youth Program on Instagram and Facebook.

2021 Native Youth Program Updates

2021 Native Youth Program cohort with Nancy Lee from the Emily Carr University IM4 Lab. Photo by River Ironeagle-Mindel.

This past summer we welcomed Safoura Rigi-Ladiz as the NYP Manager and River Ironeagle-Mindel as the Program Assistant. They were joined by six secondary students: Tamara Hall, Amai Campbell-K, Makenzie Kew, Gabrielle Ironeagle, Kiera Yeomans, and Mackenzie Fong an NYP Alumni.

Meeting Monday to Friday for seven weeks, the group engaged with a range of Indigenous artists and knowledge holders, and learned about their own and other Indigenous cultures.

A Sound Journey with the NYP

For their final project the student workers created an audio documentary with CiTR Discorder 101.9FM (UBC campus radio). The special episode titled “Where We Begin: A Collection of Origin Stories” takes a unique approach to exploring identity through sound. The piece also features an original song “Jailbird” by Mackenzie Fong. The audio documentary broadcasted live on August 20, 2021.

Applications for the 2022 Native Youth Program will be accepted from Monday, April 4, 2022 to Friday, May 6, 2022.