What are some ways to engage youth?
Engaging with young people and sharing knowledge is often one of the most satisfying aspects of a guardian’s job. You may witness youth enjoying themselves, testing their strengths, and gaining new knowledge about their lands, culture, and themselves.
Add youth engagement to the planning phase of your guardian program. Think carefully about how and why you want to engage youth and build a plan to make it happen. Your plan should try to anticipate the time, staff resources, or budget needed to build bridges to the young members of your community.
Nature United has recently developed the "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.
Here are some ideas and tips on strategies that other communities have used to engage youth in their Indigenous Guardian work: