The Aboriginal Youth Care (AYC) Certificate Program offers the skills and knowledge required to strengthen Aboriginal youth and families. The NEC Native Education College is in partnership with Douglas College in delivery of the AYC Program. This 10 month certificate program will provide the competencies and knowledge for serving the needs of Aboriginal children and youth, regardless of their family situation or dynamics. The workplace practicum will provide hands-on experience leading to employment opportunities. All courses are offered in the evening. Students take 7 courses through the NEC Native Education College and 4 courses through Douglas College. The next offering of the AYC Program begins in September 2017.
The Aboriginal Youth Care (AYC) certificate program addresses issues of power and issues of discrimination based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, class and culture. The educational objective of the certificate is to provide students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary for an initial level of professional practice focusing on the relationship between client problems and public issues. Critical thinking and structural analysis are central to the learning experience and to the promotion of social justice and human well-being.
Aboriginal youth require care that supports a sense of belonging to a community through understanding traditional culture and the history of Aboriginal people in Canada. As a youth worker, you can help youth master common life skills, guide them towards independence and help them achieve a sense of gratitude for their gifts. Careers are available in schools, social service agencies and AYC certificate credits are transferable to the NEC’s FCC Diploma Program and Douglas College’s CYCC Diploma Program.