Catapult Canada’s first funded project Northern Youth Abroad concluded its pilot earlier this year. The collaborative project between Northern Youth Abroad, Camosun College and Northern Loco saw twenty students aged 18-29 from 14 communities across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories take part in a Wellness Access program with resounding success.
Five courses were offered through Camosun College in two “semesters” with instruction taking place over 17 weeks. Beyond the course curriculum, youth were provided with the support of two full-time staff, tutoring, cultural activities, social activities, and several sessions and opportunities to build additional skill and competency. Each youth took part in transition planning and coaching, and developed a strategy for their next steps. The pilot provided great learning opportunities and has already informed the launch of two subsequent initiatives, with additional activities planned.
To learn more about this project, read the full report here. Watch NYA’s director Rebecca Bisson and youth participants talk about the program in the video below.