The Oyà:na Pre-Employment Youth Training Program

By Jeremy Cook – June 18, 2019

NPAAMB has a new program for Indigenous youth that are interested in developing their employability and life skills through culture-based training. The Oyà:na Pre-Employment Training Program runs for a duration of 11-weeks and is offered in all 5 of the NPAAMB catchment areas (Hamilton, Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo, St. Catharines, and Fort Erie). During the program Urban Indigenous youth are given the opportunity to enhance their employability, life-skills, and ignite their passions through culturally grounded programming. Oyà:na provides an opportunity for youth to obtain a myriad of essential skills that are necessary whether the individual is going into further education, training or employment. Oyà:na participants work to receive several certificates (i.e. first-aid/CPR, smart serve, safe food handlers, AODA) throughout the program to add to their portfolios; this can remove barriers and assist in securing future employment. Cultural relevancy is very important to the program as well; it is an objective to have the individuals explore what it means to be an Indigenous person and to feel pride in their identity.


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