Pathways to Language Vitality FPCC Language Funding

Youth Empowered Speakers Program

Up to $55,600
April 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022

Investing in our next generation of language leaders

Learn your language while working towards a rewarding career!

The FPCC Youth Empowered Speakers (YES) Program is for B.C. First Nations youth between the ages of 18-30 who want to become fluent in their language while pursuing a career in language revitalization. The program provides training, paid work internships and funding for education and living allowance, in addition to mentor-apprentice language learning.

There are additional Mentor-Apprentice immersion learning opportunities for those over the age of 30 on the Mentor Apprentice Program page.

The goal of the Youth Empowered Speakers program is for youth to learn their language while preparing for a career in language revitalization in one of three streams:

  1. Community Revitalizationist Stream for any youth
  2. Early Childhood Immersion Educator Stream for ECE students alongside their education
  3. 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.

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, 2021. 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 by March 31, 2021.

Funding for the YES Program is provided by the Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation (MIRR) through the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation, and RSF Social Finance. 

Watch our webinar

This webinar provides guidance and support to those who are considering or are preparing an application to the Youth Empowered Speakers Program. It includes details such as application requirements and program timelines. Please note that the new deadline for applications is February 8, 2021.

Tools and resources

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.  

Funding Process

We are here to ensure that the funding application process is as easy as possible and offer a convenient online portal so applicants can more easily apply for programs and submit reports. For additional information please visit the Funding Process page.

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Program Contact

Aurora Skala

Aurora Skala has worked with Indigenous communities in Territories within B.C. and Alberta as an archaeologist and anthropologist for over 10 years. She received her M.A. from the University of Victoria.