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Community-led Programming

SAIT Youth Initiatives is pleased to share a series of Launch workshops created to better serve the local community’s needs, with a particular focus on giving youth access to unique workshop offerings free of charge. The tailored curriculum is developed with the support of SAIT’s Learner and Academic Services. All workshops are tailored to the group with a unique post-secondary lens geared toward greater educational awareness, successful career and education transitions and youth empowerment.

Launch Workshop Topics

This workshop aims to support students ready to start researching their post-secondary options and prepare for the post-secondary environment! Students will learn more about their options after high school and begin thinking about their transition while recognizing the challenges and successes that come with higher education! Help students get the confidence they need to succeed in this informative session.  


Public Speaking: Great presentations start with a great speech! In this workshop, students learn about the importance of voice control, vocabulary and body language in presentations. Find out what makes a memorable and enjoyable speech, how to prepare various speeches, and how to develop impromptu communication skills through fun and interactive virtual presentations and activities.  

Career & Employment Skills: Preparing for the workplace might seem scary, but it doesn't have to be! Share this session with students who are wanting to learn how to build their resume, write a cover letter and practice their interview skills. Students get a chance to explore how to effectively network, navigate job search tools, and understand the transferable skills necessary in today's world of work. 

Financial Literacy: This session focuses on giving participants the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their personal finances. Students learn how to budget, how to research scholarships and bursaries, and steps students can take to be financially responsible and confident!  

Scholarship Navigation: Choosing an education and career pathway for post-secondary is hard enough, this information session aims to support youth in navigating how to pay for their education. This workshop will cover the various options and processes for student aid, scholarships, apprentice loans, national and provincial grants and other various funding resources!   

Educational Pathways Navigation: 
The reality is many youths take part in a gap year between completing their high school education and starting their post-secondary education. This can look like academic upgrading or entering into the workforce but why stop there? This workshop aims to introduce various programs and options #HereAtSAIT and within our greater community to inform students about the various possibilities and opportunities that can present themselves within a gap year. 

Great presentations start with a great speech! In this workshop, students learn about the importance of voice control, vocabulary and body language in presentations. Find out what makes a memorable and enjoyable speech, how to prepare various speeches, and how to develop impromptu communication skills through fun and interactive virtual presentations and activities.

Preparing for the workplace might seem scary, but it doesn't have to be! Share this session with students who are wanting to learn how to build their resume, write a cover letter and practice their interview skills. Students get a chance to explore how to effectively network, navigate job search tools, and understand the transferable skills necessary in today's world of work. 

This session focuses on giving participants the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their personal finances. Students learn how to budget, how to research scholarships and bursaries, and steps students can take to be financially responsible and confident!

Choosing an education and career pathway for post-secondary is hard enough, this information session aims to support youth in navigating how to pay for their education. This workshop will cover the various options and processes for student aid, scholarships, apprentice loans, national and provincial grants and other various funding resources!

The reality is many youths take part in a gap year between completing their high school education and starting their post-secondary education. This can look like academic upgrading or entering into the workforce but why stop there? This workshop aims to introduce various programs and options #HereAtSAIT and within our greater community to inform students about the various possibilities and opportunities that can present themselves within a gap year. 

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Launch Workshops X Chinook Lodge

SAIT Youth Programs is excited to partner with Chinook Lodge in two workshops that are tailored to support the needs and success of Indigenous youth in the community., These workshops are co-facilitated between Chinook Lodge and Youth Programs staff, creating an experience that meets youth where they are in their educational journey.   

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Preparing for Post–Secondary

Researching and preparing for the post-secondary environment can be a scary thought but students do not have to do it alone. Youth Programs and Chinook Lodge teamed up to create a workshop that supports Indigenous youth in building the confidence and understanding needed to feel empowered in navigating the world of post-secondary education.  

  • In this workshop we review: 
    • Getting students excited about post-secondary
    • Post-secondary options (University/theoretical learning vs. Polytechnic/applied learning)
    • Personal program exploration
    • Education pathways such as dual-credit, academic upgrading, certificates, degrees, diplomas, etc. 
    • SAIT’s application process, timelines + what to expect after you apply
    • Financing post – secondary education   
    • Student life and values 

Transitioning into Post-Secondary

The move between high school and post-secondary is no small feat. While the change in environment is full of excitement and adventure, there can be moments when students feel nervous about the unexpected. This presentation aims to support students in building a greater sense of awareness and confidence as they transition into post-secondary.  

  • In this workshop we review: 
    • Student aid and financial support options  
    • Accessing information (Community support and resources)  
    • Expectations vs. reality of post-secondary transition (PREP-100, housing, transportation, combating loneliness and isolation, mental health and self-care)  
    • Video – SAIT’s favorite places on campus 
    • Activity: Talking Circle about what people need to feel supported at home and on campus. What is an expected need and what are ones that might not be expected?  

How to book a Launch workshop for your school or organization

If you are interested in inviting our staff to facilitate a workshop for youth please refer to our registration platform, CAMPBRAIN. 

Presentations are set to be 45 – 90 minutes in length, some presentations can be adjusted if needed. Please be aware of the recommended time on the workshop listing before finalizing the selection. If educators and/or community practitioners have a larger amount of time that they would like to fill, we recommend two options and we can run multiple workshops during the session.  

Have a request?

Requests must include the following information:  

  • Requested dates  
  • Times  
  • Topics 
  • Expected number of youth ages 12 – 18 years old

We encourage active participation in workshops and welcome questions from the participants! If there are any issues registering or additional questions, please contact at youth.programs@sait.ca. 

Contact the Launch team!

Are you interested in collaborating with SAIT’s Youth Programs? Fill out the information below and one of our team members will be in touch. For any questions regarding this form, please contact youth.programs@sait.ca.

SAIT Youth Initiatives