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Native Youth Learning Centre

The Native Youth Learning Centre (NYLC) is a computer-based learning centre, supporting the personal, educational, and career development of Indigenous youth ages 15 to 30.

Our focus is on helping you gain employment and pursue your education. If you're not in school right now, we can help you go back, whether that is junior high, high school, or post-secondary school.

Our learning centre is a safe, relaxed, social, and accessible space. We incorporate culture into our space, and into what we do here, so that you have opportunities to connect with and explore your culture and spirituality, while accessing a wide range of educational, training, and certification opportunities.

If you are facing obstacles to employment or education, we'll support you to navigate and overcome these barriers as they come up. To help make sure that you are set up to succeed as you pursue education and employment, we will also connect you with other programs, resources, and supports in the wider community.

Partnerships and outreach are key to the success of the NYLC, and allow us to connect you to a wide range of employment and education opportunities. We are able to provide you with additional opportunities in partnership with both the public and private sector.

We recognize and respect that you have your own unique path and background, strengths and challenges. Our focus is on making sure that you can be who you are here, while we provide learning opportunities, training, and personal and academic support that works for you. We encourage you to make choices and engage in ways that work for you, so that you can increase your confidence in your own leadership and in continuing lifelong learning.

Native Youth Learning Centre Program Brochure (PDF)

Program Activities

  • Drop-in hours five days a week (no drop in on days when certification courses are being taught in the learning centre)
  • Tutoring two days a week, in partnership with UBC’s Trek Program
  • Career-focused workshops
  • Help with resume writing, interview skills, and applying for jobs
  • Internet access for job search, homework, and research
  • One-to-one employment counselling
  • Free certification courses, including: First Aid, Foodsafe, Serving It Right, WHMIS, World Host, Microsoft Office and Excel, traffic control, cashier training
  • Connections with people and organizations that can help you meet your goals (for example, help getting into educational or employment programs, or getting volunteer hours for high school graduation)
  • Assistance in removing barriers to education or employment (for example, getting your birth certificate, appropriate work gear, clothing for interviews, or bus tickets to travel safely to job interviews or training)
  • Photocopy, fax, phone, and resource library access
  • Community announcements and job postings board
  • Partnerships with businesses that can provide you with work and volunteer experience

How To Get Involved

Indigenous youth ages 15 to 30 can drop by to access resources, talk to staff, and see what we have to offer. Our usual hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 pm to 8 pm, and Friday, 1 pm to 5 pm. Hours may change when training and certification courses are taking place - check the calendar for regular updates on our drop-in and training schedule.

If you have any questions, or would like more info on any of our programming, get in touch with us below.