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.

Stakeholder Engagement Tools

Stakeholder Engagement Tools
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Resources and Assets Worksheet

The purpose of this worksheet is to get you thinking about the people, organizations, businesses, and departments that might be interested in supporting your program. As you begin to identify these potential partners, you can start to have conversations that will help you figure out where your program will live, what it will focus on, and how it will be delivered.

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Resources and Assets Worksheet

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Meeting Organization Checklist

This worksheet is designed to help you organize and plan a meeting.

This resource is from "The SEAS Toolkit: A resource for planning your on-the-land Indigenous youth program". Click here to access the full toolkit as a PDF.

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Meeting Organization Checklist

Work Planning Templates

Work Planning Templates
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Issues and Goals Worksheet

This worksheet is designed to help you clarify what changes you want to see as a result of having a SEAS program. When you have a clear understanding of what your program will focus on, you can then do more detailed thinking about specific program activities that will help you make progress in these important areas.

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Issues and Goals Worksheet

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Work Planning Template for a School Program

This template is designed to help you create a work plan for your school program. You can use it to coordinate with teachers and other school staff members, plan activities, and keep yourself organized as you implement your program. This tool is also available in an Excel format.

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Work Planning Template for a School Program

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Work Planning Template for a Summer Internship Program

The purpose of this template is to help you create a work plan for your SEAS program. A work plan is basically just a plan of action that outlines what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. Having a clear plan of action for your SEAS program can help you to stay organized and prepare for activities in advance.

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Work Planning Template for a Summer Internship Program

Budget Tools

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Budgeting Worksheet

This worksheet is designed to help you create a budget for your program. This will help you determine the amount of funding your program will need, and maintain a sense of when (i.e., by month) expenses will come up. This tool is also available in Excel format.

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Budgeting Worksheet

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Funding Tracker Worksheet

This worksheet is designed to help you track all of your current funders, as well as various potential funders and grant application timelines.

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Funding Tracker Worksheet

Activity and Trip Planning Templates

Activity and Trip Planning Templates
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Activity Inspiration List

This list is provided simply to give you some activity ideas that other SEAS programs are using to meet their program goals and objectives. It is designed to help you get creative, borrow from the ideas of others, and think through a range of ways of approaching how you deliver your program. These ideas are presented in list form.

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Activity Inspiration List

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Activity Brainstorming Worksheet

The purpose of this worksheet is to help you brainstorm activity ideas for your SEAS program. It supports more focused thinking about specific activities that can help you reach your program goals. Use this worksheet to get started with program planning.

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Activity Brainstorming Worksheet

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Activity Prioritization Worksheet

The purpose of this worksheet is to help you create a short list of really great activity ideas that you can use to start building your program’s work plan around. It will also help you identify any ideas that just don’t make sense.

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Activity Prioritization Worksheet

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Activity Planning Worksheet

This template is designed to help you plan classroom and community-based activities. This worksheet will guide you in thinking through all the necessary logistics, as well as clarifying and communicating the focus and goals of the activity.

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Activity Planning Worksheet

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Trip Planning Worksheet

This template is designed to help you plan day trips and overnight adventures, such as camping trips. This worksheet will guide you in thinking through all the necessary logistics, including safety and risk management, as well as clarifying and communicating the focus and goals of the trip.

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Trip Planning Worksheet

Consent Forms

Consent Forms
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School Program Day Trip Field Form

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School Program Overnight Field Trip Form

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Internship Program Consent Form

This template is designed to help you create an Internship Program Consent Form for your interns. This form is for all activities and trips that take place as part of the internship (e.g. day trips or multi-day camping trips). You can fill the form out for all trips at once or use this on a trip-by-trip basis.

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Internship Program Consent Form

Coordinator Job Description Templates

Coordinator Job Description Templates
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School Coordinator Job Description

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Internship Coordinator Job Description

Reflection, Reporting, and Evaluation Tools

Reflection, Reporting, and Evaluation Tools
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Importance of Reflection & Reporting

A ‘consistent habit of reflection and innovation’ is really just a way of thinking about your program that uses trial and error and experiential learning together with information and observation to

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Importance of Reflection & Reporting

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School Program Report Tool

This template is designed to help you track information about your school program. You can use this information to share details about your program with others (e.g., Chief and Council, program partners and funders), and you can also use it to support program evaluation and future planning. This tool is also available in Excel format.

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School Program Report Tool

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Internship Program Report Tool

This template is designed to help you track information about your internship program. You can use this information to share details about your program with others (e.g., Chief and Council, program partners and funders), and you can also use it to support program evaluation and future planning. This tool is also available in Excel Format.

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Internship Program Report Tool

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Program Participant Survey Example

This survey tool is designed to help you gather some simple feedback from program participants (i.e., youth). Their feedback will help you evaluate your program and make decisions about how to adjust or improve it.

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Program Participant Survey Example

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Teacher and Staff Survey Example

This survey tool is designed to help you gather some feedback about your program from teachers and other school staff (e.g., administrators, guidance counsellors). Their feedback will help you evaluate your program and make decisions about how to adjust or improve it.

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Teacher and Staff Survey Example