Investing in our next generation of language leaders with a program that combines mentor-apprentice learning and funding for post-secondary education.
Are you a B.C. First Nations student age 18-30 who is interested in learning your language while working towards a rewarding career as a language immersion teacher or early childhood immersion educator? Start your application to FPCC’s Youth Empowered Speakers (YES) program today!
The YES program provides training, paid work internships and funding to pursue your education. It also includes a living allowance in addition to mentor-apprentice language learning. The goal of program is for youth to learn their language while preparing for a career in language revitalization in one of two streams:
- Early Childhood Immersion Educator Stream for ECE students alongside their education
- Language Immersion Teacher Stream for BEd. students alongside their education
The aim of mentor-apprentice learning is to create fluent speakers where a mentor is paired with an “apprentice” or learner. It is a one-on-one immersion method where the mentor and apprentice spend time doing everyday activities, while using the language at all times.
For those over the age of 30, there are additional Mentor-Apprentice immersion learning opportunities on the Mentor-Apprentice Program page.
The YES program is for B.C. First Nations youth ages 18-30 years old living on or off-reserve. Eligible high school applicants must complete high school by June 30, 2022. Participants studying Early Childhood Education or pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree must be able to provide proof of acceptance in a post- secondary institution.
Funding for the YES Program is provided by the Government of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, the federal Department of Canadian Heritage and through the generous support of the Full Circle Fund of RSF Social Finance and Tamalpais Trust.
Tools and resources
Watch our Info Session
Watch our info session to learn more about FPCC and the Youth Empowered Speakers Program. Language Program Coordinator Hannah Green will walk you through the following key points:
- What is YES?
- Why YES?
- What is the vision?
- Year at a glance
- Who is eligible
- Funding available
- Application process
We are here to help!
If you have any questions or would like assistance with your grant application please contact the program staff listed at the bottom of this page. FPCC staff are available to answer questions about grant eligibility, project proposal ideas, what activities are permitted during COVID-19 restrictions, which program or grant may be best for your project and more. You may also contact an Outreach Coach for information on project planning, resources and information sessions.
Hannah Green is passionate about language revitalization and has been doing language work with communities and Elders in B.C. for a number of years. She received her M.A. in Linguistics from the University of British Columbia in 2021.