Tyendinaga Youth Get New Start In Life

An initiative delivered through a local independent high school is making a real difference in the lives of Aboriginal youth facing barriers to employment such as a troubled family life, alcohol and drug abuse, or learning disabilities. The First Nations Technical Institute, located on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, has been quietly delivering this highly successful employability skills project for Aboriginal youth, thanks in part to funding under the federal Skills Link program.

St. Lawrence College in Brockville is responsible for developing and administering the Tyendinaga employability skills project. The college hires the First Nations Technical Institute on a contract basis to deliver the 16-week program to Aboriginal youth aged 16 to 30 years. Classes total 30 hours per week and are delivered by First Nations instructors, trainers, supervisors, and other staff. Participants develop a broad range of skills and knowledge and each takes part in a work -experience placement.

“The program has given me the chance to better myself as a student and person. [It] would have been difficult without the help of this program. It was enjoyable, as well, and gave me additional experience in a job environment.”  Dakota

For the full story please visit the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada website at: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/success_stories/youth_students/05/index.shtml