The SOI Foundation has a strong focus on building relationships and partnerships with youth, communities and organizations in the Arctic. Annually over 30% of the participants in SOI’s programs calls the Arctic home. To ensure that the Foundation’s programs are aligned with the needs of Arctic youth and other Arctic stakeholders, the Foundation has launched its Arctic Youth and Partnerships Program.
One of SOI’s long-term goals is to instil in the next generation of leaders a thorough understanding of the Arctic, its history and complexities, in order to set a high standard for sustainable development, healthy communities and environmental stewardship in Canada’s North.
Within the framework of this goal SOI works with a variety of Inuit and other Arctic partners and communities on various projects and brings annually over 35 Arctic Youth on its expeditions.
To facilitate SOI’s work with Arctic partners and youth, SOI has developed its Arctic Youth and Partnership Program with the following key objectives:
1. Ensure that Students on Ice’s programs, activities and outreach materials are tuned to maximize benefits for participating Arctic youth.
2. Support SOI’s Arctic alumni in their further personal, educational and professional development following their participation in SOI’s programs.
3. Identify and develop new opportunities to address Arctic issues through leveraging SOI’s reputation, networks and knowledge and mobilizing resources from Arctic stakeholders, government and corporate partners.