Na Gaisgich Òga is a Gaelic Mentorship program, run by Colaisde na Gàidhlig, in partnership with Iomairtean na Gàidhlig | Gaelic Affairs. Applicants must be between 10 and 16 years old, must show a keen interest in Gaelic language and culture, and must be a current resident of Nova Scotia. Ten students are accepted into the program each year – five boys and five girls. The program runs from September to March, and consists of seven weekend sessions held onsite at the Gaelic College, and various day trips to local communities. Each ‘young hero’ is paired with a Gaelic language mentor from their community, who they meet with once a week.
This program gives youth the opportunity to improve their language skills, participate in various aspects of Gaelic culture (song, storytelling, music, dance, food and other customs) connect with the local Gaelic community, learn about our people and history, and gain an understanding of their role as young Gaels living in Nova Scotia today.
Deadline for Applications is July 31, 2017
• Create Gaelic speakers who are motivated to learn, enjoy, share and champion Gaelic Nova Scotia
• Provide young learners with an opportunity to be immersed in Gaelic language and culture and to bring these students closer to functional fluency
• Cultivate a sense of identity as young Gaels living in Nova Scotia
• Enlighten youth to become aware and to respect intergenerational opportunities in regards to Gaelic cultural acquisition
• Develop an awareness in youth of the responsibility they have to contribute to the sustainability of the language
• Open to Nova Scotians ages 10 – 16
• Must demonstrate a commitment to Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia
• Must demonstrate the intention to use Gaelic every day and to pass it on to others (family, friends)
• Applicant will need support from family in regards to speaking Gaelic and cultural learning
• Parents/Guardians must be willing to assist with transportation to group sessions and visits with the applicant’s mentor.
General Information and Guidelines
• Ten applicants will be selected - 5 girls and 5 boys
• Runs from September to March
• Tuition is $500 (includes meals, classes, and accommodations)
• Participants will complete 100 hours of Gaelic immersion, and 60 hours of cultural learning in English
• Participants spend 4 – 6 hours per month with their language mentor
• Mentors are chosen by the program coordinators
• Participants and their parents, must keep track of hours spent with their mentors, and what material was covered
• Participants will have their language ability assessed at the beginning and end of the program
• Students who have completed the program are encouraged to reapply, however, preference will be given to new applicants who meet the criteria.
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Comhairle na Gàidhlig teams up with Colaisde na Gàidhlig to support youth language mentorship program
Students take part in recent Na Gaisgich Òga weekend in newly-designated 'Taigh na Gàidhlig' or 'Gaelic House' at Colaisde na Gàidhlig, St. Ann's.
L-R, Back: Joe MacMaster (Troy), Mairead Matheson (Antigonish), Sarah MacInnis (Mabou), Abigail MacDonald (St. Andrew's), Tonya Fry (Comhairle na Gàidhlig), Colin MacDonald (Colaisde na Gàidhlig), Emily MacDonald (Instructor), Archie MacDonald (Emily's son, Ainslie Glen), Goiridh Dòmhnullach (Gaelic Affairs)L-R, Front: Grace Campbell (Sydney), Eilidh Campbell (Mabou), Paige Campbell (Whycocomagh), Mairinn Campbell (Mabou), Mark MacDonald (St. Andrew's)
After a successful inaugural year for Na Gaisgich Òga | The Young Heroes, a youth mentorship program for Gaelic language and culture, the initiative is back again, this time with support from Comhairle na Gàidhlig | the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia. With the intention to cover all entry fees for participants, the Council has donated $5,000 to the program.
Comhairle na Gàidhlig is a non-profit organization first established in 1990. With a mission to "lead in creating an environment that makes Nova Scotia a place where Gaelic language, culture, and communities thrive," the group works to strengthen the community through their means of support. In year 2 of a 5 year restructuring plan, the council is moving in a direction of bringing together leaders with a unified vision, more provincial lobbying and advocacy, while focusing attention on youth.
"Our community is seeing more of the younger generations coming to fluency with the language," says Tonya Fry, Vice President of the Gaelic Council. "Comhairle na Gàidhlig is interested in assisting in the facilitation of language learning for all young Gaels. The development of language skills will strengthen the connection to the history and culture for these young people. It is an investment in the future of Gaelic Nova Scotia. We are proud to support Colaisde na Gàidhlig in this initiative. Partnerships, such as this, between Gaelic organizations will also strengthen our community and build a stronger future for all Gaels."
Developed by Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College, with partnered support from Nova Scotia Gaelic Affairs, the Na Gaisgich Òga program is an immersive Gaelic language and culture learning opportunity for Nova Scotian youth ages 10 to 15. After an application-based entry process, 10 youth are paired with a personal language mentor from their respective communities. Throughout the duration of the seven-month program, students work closely with designated mentors and participate in monthly immersion sessions led by Colaisde na Gàidhlig Gaelic Director Colin MacDonald, instructor Emily MacDonald, and GA Gaelic Field Officer, Goiridh Dòmhnullach.
"We're thrilled that Na Gaisgich Òga participants are now able to take part in the program free of charge, thanks to the support from Comhairle na Gàidhlig," says Gaelic College CEO Rodney MacDonald. "This is really a unique opportunity for young Gaelic learners, and having support from such organizations is of huge benefit to students."
Second Year for Gaelic Youth Mentorship Program (Cape Breton Post)
ST. ANN'S — History buff Joe McMaster's family has a fascinating past of its own, steeped in Gaelic music and culture.