What are some tools to help build youth engagement programs?
The best ways of engaging youth will look different in each community. In some cases, youth engagement may have direct links to Indigenous Guardian programs and others may not. Regardless, the importance and benefits of youth being connected to their lands, waters, and cultures cannot be understated.
Approaches to building youth engagement programs are diverse. However, if you are looking to build, grow, or strengthen youth programming for your Nation then the following resources may be useful.
Nature United and community partners have developed "The SEAS Toolkit: A resource for planning your on-the-land Indigenous youth program," drawing on knowledge from the success of programs on BC's coast. Click here to download the full toolkit as a PDF. Note that this toolkit was developed based on the unique culture and territories of First Nations on the BC Coast and you may need to adapt some of the language and activities to fit your specific context.
You can also download individual worksheets from the toolkit to help with specific components of building your youth on-the-land program.