The Mi’kmaq Project for Innovation and Collaboration (MPIC), under the direction of The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, developed the “Finding Your Inspiration” (FYI) program.
FYI encourages youth from grades nine to twelve to become career minded prior to applying to and attending post secondary institutions. The Program provides education through skill building workshops, exposure to training institutions through post secondary visits, and work experience through on the job training.
FYI was first administered in Pictou Landing last year, and this year was rolled out in Potlotek and Paqtnkek. Through engagement of youth in a classroom setting surrounded by their peers, FYI invoked discussions and thought processes in youth so they can begin thinking about what their future career may be.
FYI assessed the youth’s employability skills (resume writing, job searching, interview skills) and matched them with careers that were of interest to them. At the end of the program, the youth had a greater skill set and knowledge base which will better prepare them in the transition from secondary to post secondary education.
For more information about FYI, contact Ann Sylliboy at ac.unik@nna.