Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF)

The Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) project is a 5-year collective impact strategy project funded by the Government of Canada and implemented by Tamarack Institute in up to 13 communities across Canada. The CBYF project aims at developing a community strategy to better support youth facing barriers. This project aims to support youth to help them successfully complete high school and successfully transition from high school to post-secondary, trades, or employment.

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Why is this project important?

We want to make our community a place where young people are supported in finding and safely pursuing their dreams and passions.

What we're already doing

Youth Council: To keep the project as youth driven as possible, to collect youth input and to engage other youth

YK Prep Connect: A platform where youth can receive tutoring and mentoring support, and access to technology.

We Are All Connected: A community innovation project focusing on engaging, supporting and empowering youth through: 1) A Youth Culture Committee; 2) Campfire Chats featuring Art, Culture and Wellness-Based Activities; and 3) A Multiple Intelligences Human Library and Art Event

Who is this project for?

CBYF Yellowknife is a project for youth under 30 living in the Yellowknife area (Yellowknife, Dettah, and Ndilǫ). We strive to support youth who face barriers in reaching their academic and employment goals. People can join the project through either the CBYF Youth Council or Community Partnership Table, as well as our Community Innovation Fund projects YK Prep Connect and Hazhǫ Ełexè Łets’eèzhe (We Are All Connected). 

Youth Council welcomes youth under 30 to engage other youth in the community and develop community strategies. The newly branded Community Partnership Table is composed of the CBYF Backbone Team, Youth Council, SideDoor, and community partners (NGOs, government, and education institutions). 

Why is this project important?

We want to make our community a place where young people are supported in finding and safely pursuing their dreams and passions.

What we've done

Youth Council: To keep the project as youth driven as possible, to collect youth input and to engage other youth

YK Prep Connect: A platform where youth can receive tutoring and mentoring support, and access to technology.

Hazhǫ Ełexè Łets’eèzhe (We Are All Connected): A community innovation project focusing on engaging, supporting and empowering youth through: 1) A Youth Culture Committee; 2) Campfire Chats featuring Art, Culture and Wellness-Based Activities; and 3) A Multiple Intelligences Human Library and Art Event

Who is this project for?

CBYF Yellowknife is a project for youth under 30 living in the Yellowknife area (Yellowknife, Dettah, and Ndilǫ). We strive to support youth who face barriers in reaching their academic and employment goals. People can join the project through either the CBYF Youth Council or Community Partnership Table, as well as our Community Innovation Fund projects YK Prep Connect and Hazhǫ Ełexè Łets’eèzhe (We Are All Connected). 

Youth Council welcomes youth under 30 to engage other youth in the community and develop community strategies. The newly branded Community Partnership Table is composed of the CBYF Backbone Team, Youth Council, SideDoor, and community partners (NGOs, government, and education institutions). 

Meet the Team!

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Narlie Dapilos

CBYF Coordinator

My name is Narlie Dapilos and I was born and raised in Yellowknife, NT. My personal interests include basketball, music, and collecting trading cards. I have an educational background in Nutrition and Health Promotion. Working as the Project Coordinator for the CBYF project combines my passion for helping youth and doing community work in hopes of impacting systems changes.

As the Project Coordinator, I support the initiative through stakeholder and youth engagement, coordinating projects, and connecting with other CBYF leaders in other communities across Canada.

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Bryan Tuyishime

CBYF Facilitator

What’s good? My name is Bryan and I am the CBYF Project Facilitator. Although my story begins in Kigali, Rwanda – Yellowknife has been home to me since my family and I first touched down in 2005.

My position as Project Facilitator allows me to not only reconnect with my community but also see youth from all backgrounds come together to find common ground.

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Crystal Kisakye

CBYF Youth Engagement Coordinator

Hi! I’m Crystal Kisakye and I am the CBYF Youth Intern. I am currently in 11th grade and I attend St. Patrick’s High School. I am originally from Kampala, Uganda and I have been in Yellowknife for five years now. I enjoy pretty much everything there is to enjoy. Watching movies, playing sports, travelling, you name it! I enjoy my position as the Youth Intern because it gives me a lot of freedom to make an impact in my community.

As the Youth Engagement Coordinator, I plan and coordinate events, assist the CBYF team in community engagement and outreach and find ways to engage youth in the most effective way possible.