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become

Vocational guidance support

overview

vision

The aim of this initiative is to encourage people to stay in school and to provide them with vocational guidance support. Become offers students extra support tools as well as internships where they can explore stimulating workplaces.

What is the Become initiative?

The aim of BECOME is to encourage First Nations high school students to stay in school and to provide vocational guidance support.
BECOME looks to the future…  It nurtures the development of student’s interest, knowledge, self-confidence, self-esteem, and networking opportunities.  Its goal is to help young people grow and push their own limits through meaningful experiences and activities in ways that will sustain them as they beyond high school. 

Current projects

BECOME Worshops
and
First Nations Zone

The BECOME workshops are designed to provide support as high-school students move towards their post-secondary studies by helping them explore their own interests and various professions postsecondaires.

Student Toolkit

We’ve developed a number of tools to assist with vocational guidance for high school students (teens or adults).

 

Personalized and exploratory internships

The internships give Quebec First Nations high school students the opportunity to learn about different trades and professions by visiting workplaces they can explore on their own or with a group of young people from other communities in Quebec.

BECOME Workshop & First Nations Zone

The BECOME workshops are designed to help high school students explore different professions as well as their personal interests, and in this way to provide support as they deepen their self-knowledge and begin to plan their post-secondary studies. The workshops are opportunities for self-discovery, which will then provide a focus for discussions about their sociovocational futures with mentors they meet through the First Nations Zone. The BECOME workshops fulfill the Personal Orientation Projects (POP) course criteria and use a compatible guidance approach. They are given by youth workers or teachers in high schools or to adults in communities.

 

  • I explore my roots, my culture, my history
    Workshop 1
  • I discover my interests
    Workshop 2
  • I cultivate my roots
    Workshop 3
  • I get ready to explore
    Workshop 4
  • I have an experience
    Workshop 5

The First Nations Zone is a virtual mentoring platform that connects First Nations high school students (Secondary 3-4-5) with the working world. It offers young people a safe space to discuss their professional and personal experiences with adults (mentors). The mentors in the First Nations Zone are First Nations (FN) professionals or non-Indigenous professionals from various fields.

 

*For the moment, the zone is in french only*

The BECOME workshops and First Nations Zone are presented as a turnkey project for youth workers and teachers in high schools in First Nations communities. The project can be integrated seamlessly into the Personal Orientation Project (POP) courses. The workshops are designed to meet the needs of First Nations youth as well as youth workers and teachers. They are the result of the analysis of phase 1 of our virtual mentoring pilot project that was carried out in 20 First Nations classes between January and June 2021 and that arose from a collaboration of Academos, the New Pathways Foundation, and the Myriagone Research Chair.

Are you interested in the BECOME workshop and First Nations Zone project?

We have prepared a reference site for the project which requires an access code.

Please contact us to get your access codes.

If you already have your access codes, click here:

Student Toolkit

In this page, you’ll find tools to help you learn more about yourself and provide guidance for choosing a career! 

Exploratory
and personalized internships

The internships give students the opportunity to learn about trades and professions by visiting various workplaces, which they can explore on their own or with a group of young people from various Quebec communities. The objective of the internships is to help students find their bearings as they make choices about their post-secondary studies, while giving them the opportunity to explore an urban setting.

stages permettent aux étudiants d’explorer des métiers et des professions en visitant divers lieux de travail. Ils peuvent explorer ces lieux de manière individuelle ou en groupe de jeunes qui proviennent de diverses communautés au Québec. Les stages ont pour objectifs d’aider les étudiants à mieux s’orienter dans leur choix d’études postsecondaires tout en explorant le milieu urbain.

*** Because of various measures ordered by the government due to COVID-19, the New Pathways Foundations has cancelled all internships until further notice.

 

The one-day BECOME exploratory internships is one of the programs initiated by the New Pathways Foundation more than 7 years ago.

Overview of past editions of the BECOME internships

The BECOME internships welcome Secondary 3, 4 and 5 students from First Nations in Quebec as well as all young people who want to learn more about careers that interest them.

The 4th edition of the BECOME workshops took place in January and February 2020. The internship settings included professional services firm MNP, law firm Cain Lamarre, Google (with the collaboration of Digital Spring), and Behaviour (with the collaboration of Uhu labos nomades). The young people who followed digital arts internships also visited the Campus en arts et divertissements numériques (Campus ADN). All the interns were welcomed by Native Montreal, which shared information about services for First Nations youth in urban settings. Personalized internships also took place at Radio-Canada during the same period. In total, 24 young people from 9 different communities followed internships.* Internships in science and technology and in public security had to be cancelled because of the health emergency. 

e édition des stages DEVIENS s’est déroulé en janvier et février 2020. Les milieux de stages explorés ont été chez MNP Services administratifs, Cain Lamarre (bureau d’avocats), Google (avec la collaboration de Printemps Numérique), Behavior (en collaboration avec Uhu Labos Nomades). Les jeunes qui ont effectué un stage en arts numériques ont également visité le Campus en arts et divertissements numériques (Campus ADN). Tous les stagiaires ont été accueillis par Montréal Autochtone pour en connaître davantage sur les services offerts aux jeunes des Premières Nations en milieu urbain. Des stages personnalisés ont également été tenus chez Radio-Canada au cours de la même période. Au total, 24 jeunes provenant de 9 communautés différentes ont effectué un stage. * Les stages en sciences et technologie et en sécurité publique ont dû être annulés en raison de la crise sanitaire.

The 3rd edition of Become was in Montreal on February 12 and 13, 2019, when 10 young people from First Nations all over Quebec took part in the 2 days of internships. The first day was a collaboration with Fondation Desjardins and gave participants the opportunity to learn about work in the field of finance and administration. On the second day, participants were welcomed to Radio-Canada, where several activities awaited them, including the recording of a radio program and visits to a studio where they learned about jobs in the communications and journalism field.

Addition of internships at Radio-Canada studios. For the 2nd edition, one-day internships took place in health-related professional settings and in Radio-Canada studios. The communications internship was held on February 23, 2017, at Maison de Radio-Canada in the big city of Montreal, and offered the young interns a golden opportunity to learn about communications and journalism jobs and gain some experience. The hospital internship was in April 2017 at the Quebec university hospital centre (CHU) in beautiful Quebec City.

 

The 1st edition of the Become program at Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus was a success, when 8 teenagers from different communities were given the opportunity to visit the surgical unit, observe an operation, spend time with nurses, and more.  

Financial partners
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