Developed by and for Indigenous youth, Generation Power's purpose is to empower you to bring Indigenous communities to the forefront of the climate change conversation. Indigenous youth are critical players in the transition to clean energy and you can be a part of building a better future for your community and future generations.
Generation Power participants come from many different backgrounds. What they will have in common is a motivation to learn and/or deepen their knowledge on clean energy topics to help shape the future of Indigenous clean energy on Turtle Island.
We strongly encourage any young Indigenous person who shares this motivation to apply. We are looking for people from a range of backgrounds and experiences— including young professionals, community advocates, academics, and people working at a grass-roots community level. In order to qualify, you must self-identify as a First Nation, Inuit or Métis youth (18 to 30) and be eligible to work in Canada.
In evaluating applicants, priority will be given to those who:
There are 3 different pathways from which you can join the program:
Youth-led Pathway. As an Indigenous youth, you will have access to clean energy training, mentorship and coaching services, and attendance with all costs covered for Generation Power's Culture Camp (accommodation, travel, food). ICE will work with you to try and secure an internship in a clean energy workplace, however, placement is not guaranteed.
Match-based Pathway. If you are already working with an employer, we encourage you to let your employer know that there is an 80% wage subsidy up to a maximum of $32,000 available for employers hiring Indigenous youth ages 18-30 for full-time 4 to 12 month-long internships.
Training-only Pathway. If you don't want to apply for an internship, you can join Generation Power through the training-only pathway. You will have access to clean energy training, mentorship and coaching services, and attendance with all costs covered for Generation Power's Culture Camp (accommodation, travel, food).
The Generation Power Program is not a passive experience. We expect youth participants to actively engage in program activities and bring the skills and knowledge they gain to advance their own careers and lead in the movement toward a more sustainable and equitable energy future for all. Those selected for the program will need to commit for a 12-month period, and over the year-long program, participate in:
The time commitment that each participant will dedicate to the program is on an individual basis and depends on how much time you want to/can invest. However, the minimum requirement is at least 1 hour and 30 minutes per month to attend the webinar and approximately between 8-15 hours per month to dedicate to reading the additional resources, participating in the discussion forum, and attending the monthly check-in meetings. Remember that there are 6 modules in total, 1 per month.
We understand that issues do arise and we will work with Youth Participants through any challenges they face and make alternate arrangements where needed. Additionally, participants are also eligible for financial support through the wrap-around support fund.
Wrap-around support fund:
A generalized funding allocation for each cohort that can be used to support youth who face barriers to successful and complete participation in the program. Supports through this fund could include but are not limited to rent stipend, tech support/equipment, dependant care, emergency assistance, and counseling support.
We accept 20 youth participants per year. We encourage everyone interested to apply.
There is no cost to apply or participate in the Generation Power Program for Youth Participants.
We recognize that making a decision to apply can be a big one. In order to help you make your decision, we are happy to talk with you about any concerns you may have. Email Layane Moura, Generation Power Program Coordinator.
If you are ready to take your energy leadership skills to the next level, apply now!
Due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
*Applications for the 2022-23 cohort are now open*
Interested in the program but have more questions before you apply? No worries, we’re happy to talk through them!