Youth Forums

LSF’s Youth Forums engage students in sustainability issues, equip them with skills and knowledge, and empower them to take action! 

Whether you’re participating in person or online, our Youth Forums will provide meaningful sustainability learning experiences for your students.

Participating is easy:

  • REGISTER YOUR TEAM: you & your class/club of dedicated students
  • TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: educators get practical strategies, high-quality resources, and a community of like-minded educators
  • ATTEND OUR HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS: students attend expert-led, hands-on workshops full of information and ideas for action
  • GET YOUR GRANT: participating groups receive a grant to support your Action Project!
  • STUDENTS TAKE ACTION: Make a real difference in your community!

Questions? Contact Sam Gawron at samantha@LSF-LST.ca

Winter/Spring 2023 Youth Forums:

Virtual Youth Forums:

THIS IS A VIRTUAL YOUTH FORUM

LOCATION: Manitoba, Ontario & New Brunswick

GRADES: 7-8

DATES: Just started - join anytime!

THEME: Water Docs at School

SCHEDULE:


Teacher Sessions & Resources

  • Youth Forum Meet & Greet
    • Learn how all of this will work!
  • WDaS Lesson Plans & Activities (with curriculum connections for gr 7-8 in MB, ON & NB)
  • + more resources!

To Get Started

Student Workshops (pick 4+)

Watch any of these live workshops* (45 minutes):

  • "Water in Your World" with WWCGF
  • "Seeing Water Like a Person: An Indigenous Perspective" with Sophia Sidarous
  • "Overcoming the Wave of Plastics" with Ocean Wise
  • "Excess Water: Adapting to Flooding in Your Community" with GreenLearning
  • Action Project Planning workshop with LSF (recommended)
  • Filmmaking workshop with Water Docs (recommended)
  • and more! 

*live workshops are recorded and will be available after the scheduled workshop time

Or pick from these pre-recorded options:

Complete at least 4 student workshops to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

 

THIS IS A VIRTUAL YOUTH FORUM

LOCATION: This Forum is open to schools anywhere in Canada

GRADES: 7-12

DATES: Feb 13-Apr 7

THEME: Climate Action

SCHEDULE:


Teacher Sessions & Resources

  • Feb 13 @ 6:30pm EST: Youth Forum Meet & Greet
    • Learn how all of this will work!
  • LSF Teacher PD Package full of strategies, tools & resources for engaging your students in climate learning

To Get Started

  • "Climate Change 101" lesson from Let's Talk Science
  • Feb 16 @ 12:30pm EST  - Youth Forum Kickoff with LSF & Keynote Speaker: Naila Moloo, 16 year old environmental researcher & activist!

Student Workshops (pick 4+)

Watch any of these live workshops* (45 minutes):

  • Mar 8 @ 1pm EST - "Overcoming the Wave of Plastic" with Ocean Wise
  • Mar 16 @ 1pm EST - "Spying Sea, Storms and Shrubification" with Parks Canada
  • Mar 21 @ 1pm EST - "Changing Your Perspective: Misinformation & Climate Change" with GreenLearning
  • + workshops with Climate Change Connection, Canadian Wildlife Federation, & more!
  • Week of Apr 3 - Action Project Planning Workshop with LSF
  • and more!

*live workshops are recorded and will be available after the scheduled workshop time

Or pick from these pre-recorded options:

Complete at least 4 student workshops to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

In-Person Youth Forums:

THIS IS AN IN-PERSON YOUTH FORUM LOCATION: Toronto, ON @ The Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Dr, North York) GRADES: 5-8 DATE & TIME: Mon, Apr 3, 2023 - 8:30am-2:45pm THEME: Climate Action DETAILS:


Who should attend?
  • 1-2 educators*
  • 5 student leaders
We encourage all types of classes, clubs or groups to send student ambassadors to bring ideas and inspiration from the Forum back to their peers! What can we expect?
  • Teachers get a full day of professional development focused on practical techniques and resources for climate learning, connecting to curriculum, and empowering students through climate Action Projects
  • Students get an inspiring day of speakers and hands-on workshops designed to engage them in local climate issues, equip them with skills and knowledge and empower them with ideas for action!
  • Your whole class/club gets access to our online library of virtual workshops to keep the learning going, including LSF's Action Project planning workshop!
  • Your team gets a $500 Action Project grant to make a real difference in your community!
Student workshop schedule coming soon! *Funding for supply coverage is available! See registration form for details

Fall 2022 Youth Forums:

Virtual Youth Forums:

These Forums were completed in fall 2022, but everything was recorded so you can join now & watch at your own pace anytime before May 2023.

THIS IS A VIRTUAL YOUTH FORUM

LOCATION: This Forum is open to schools anywhere in Ontario

GRADES: 7-12

DATES: Join anytime! Complete before May 2023

THEME: Climate Action

SCHEDULE:


Teacher Sessions & Resources

  • Youth Forum Meet & Greet
    • Learn how all of this will work!
  • LSF Teacher PD Package full of strategies, tools & resources for engaging your students in climate learning

To Get Started

Student Workshops (pick 4+)

Watch any of these workshops recordings from fall 2022 (45 minutes):

Or pick from these pre-recorded options:

Complete at least 4 student workshops to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

THIS IS A VIRTUAL YOUTH FORUM

LOCATION: This Forum is open to schools anywhere in Canada

GRADES: 5-8

DATES: Join anytime! Complete before May 2023

THEME: Sustainable Future Schools and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

SCHEDULE:


Teacher Sessions & Resources

  • Youth Forum Meet & Greet
    • Learn how all of this will work!
  • LSF Teacher PD Package full of strategies, tools & resources for engaging your students in climate learning

To Get Started

Student Workshops (pick 4+)

Watch any of these workshop recordings from fall 2022 (45 minutes):

Or pick from these pre-recorded options:

Complete at least 4 student workshops to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

 

Not seeing what you’re looking for? We have more Forums planned for winter/spring 2023 including Ontario,  Remote & Indigenous communities, and French!
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Our 2022/2023 Youth Forums are coming soon. Stay tuned!

LOCATION: Saskatchewan

GRADES: 7-12

DATES: Join anytime!

THEME: Climate Action

SCHEDULE:


Teacher PD Sessions

  • PD #1 with LSF's Michele Martin
  • PD #2 with LSF's Michele Martin

To Get Started

  • "Climate Change 101" lesson from Let's Talk Science (recommended)
  • Youth Forum Kickoff with LSF & with Teulon Collegiate Students, Sustainability Activists & Past Youth Forum Participants (optional)

Student Workshops (pick 4+)

Check out our live workshop recordings (45 minutes):

  • "Help from Kelp" with Ocean Wise
  • "Collective Climate Action" with GreenLearning
  • "Climate Hope in 2021" with Climate Change Connection
  • "Why Trust Climate Change When We Can't Trust the Weather Forecast?" workshop with Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative
  • Action Project Planning workshop with LSF (recommended)

Or pick from these pre-recorded options:

  • "Harnessing the Wind" with Green Learning
  • "Closing the Loop on Plastic" with Green Learning
  • "The Climate Atlas of Canada" with Prairie Climate Centre
  • "Ecological Footprint: Code Your Own Adventure Game" with Brilliant Labs

Complete at least 4 student workshops to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

LOCATION: Manitoba

GRADES: 7-12

DATES: Join anytime!

THEME: Climate Action

SCHEDULE:


Teacher PD Sessions

  • PD #1 with LSF's Michele Martin
  • PD #2 with LSF's Michele Martin

To Get Started

  • "Climate Change 101" lesson from Let's Talk Science (recommended)
  • Date TBD - Youth Forum Kickoff with LSF & with Teulon Collegiate Students, Sustainability Activists & Past Youth Forum Participants (optional)

Student Workshops (pick 4+)

Check out our live workshop recordings (45 minutes):

  • "Help from Kelp" with Ocean Wise
  • "Collective Climate Action" with GreenLearning
  • "Climate Hope in 2021" with Climate Change Connection
  • "Why Trust Climate Change When We Can't Trust the Weather Forecast?" workshop with Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative
  •  Action Project Planning workshop with LSF (recommended)

Or pick from these pre-recorded options:

  • "Harnessing the Wind" with Green Learning
  • "Closing the Loop on Plastic" with Green Learning
  • "The Climate Atlas of Canada" with Prairie Climate Centre
  • "Ecological Footprint: Code Your Own Adventure Game" with Brilliant Labs

Complete at least 4 student workshops to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

 

LOCATION: Ontario

GRADES: 5-8

DATES: Join anytime!

THEME: Climate Action

SCHEDULE:


Teacher PD Sessions

  • PD #1 with LSF's Pamela Gibson
  • PD #2 with LSF's Pamela Gibson

To Get Started

  • "Climate Change 101" lesson from Let's Talk Science (recommended)
  • Youth Forum Kickoff with LSF & Keynote Speaker: Pineland PS Student & Action Project Leader (optional)

Student Workshops (pick 4+)

Check out our live workshop recordings (45 minutes):

  • "Help from Kelp" with Ocean Wise
  • "Climate Change and Urban Forests" with Oakville Green
  • "Watt a Waste" with GreenLearning
  • "ReACT to Climate Change!" workshop with Parks Canada
  • Action Project Planning workshop with LSF (recommended)

Or pick from these pre-recorded options:

  • "Harnessing the Wind" with Green Learning
  • "Closing the Loop on Plastic" with Green Learning
  • "The Climate Atlas of Canada" with Prairie Climate Centre
  • "Ecological Footprint: Code Your Own Adventure Game" with Brilliant Labs

Complete at least 4 student workshops to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

 

LOCATION: Newfoundland & Labrador

GRADES: 7-12

DATES: Join anytime!

THEME: Climate Action

SCHEDULE:


Teacher PD Sessions

  • PD #1 with LSF's Michele Martin
  • PD #2 with LSF's Michele Martin

To Get Started

  • "Climate Change 101"with Dr. Joel Finnis, MUN (recommended)
  •  Youth Forum Kickoff with LSF & Keynote Speaker Aaron Kingston, Youth Climate Activist (optional)

Student Workshops (pick 4+)

Check out our live workshop recordings (45 minutes):

  • "Coding for Climate" with Brilliant Labs
  • "Climate Change & Sun Power" with Svetlana Barkanova
  • "Become a Watershed Hero!" with The Fluvarium
  • "Food as Climate Action" with Western Environmental Centre
  • "Green Jobs" with Conservation Corps NL
  • Action Project Planning workshop with LSF (recommended)

Or pick from these pre-recorded options:

  • "Harnessing the Wind" with Green Learning
  • "Closing the Loop on Plastic" with Green Learning
  • "The Climate Atlas of Canada" with Prairie Climate Centre
  • "Ecological Footprint: Code Your Own Adventure Game" with Brilliant Labs

Complete at least 4 student workshops to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

 

LOCATION: National

GRADES: 5-8

DATES: Join anytime!

THEME: "Sustainable Future Schools" and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

SCHEDULE:


Teacher PD Sessions

  •  PD #1 with LSF's Pamela Gibson
  • PD #2 with LSF's Pamela Gibson

To Get Started

  • Youth Forum Kickoff with LSF & Keynote Speaker: Students from Port Elgin Regional School (optional)

Student Workshops (pick 4+)

Check out our live workshop recordings (45 minutes):

  • "When It Rains It Pours" with GreenLearning
  • "Water Is Life" with Be The Change Earth Alliance
  • "My Role in Pollinator Conservation" workshop with WILD Outside
  • “Living Water: The Water Walking Movement” workshop with Tasha Beeds
  • Action Project Planning workshop with LSF (recommended)

Or pick from these pre-recorded options:

  • "Harnessing the Wind" with Green Learning
  • "Closing the Loop on Plastic" with Green Learning
  • "The Climate Atlas of Canada" with Prairie Climate Centre
  • "Ecological Footprint: Code Your Own Adventure Game" with Brilliant Labs

Complete at least 4 student workshops to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

 

LOCATION: Manitoba, Ontario & New Brunswick

GRADES: 7-8

DATES: Join anytime!

THEME: Water Docs at School

SCHEDULE:


Teacher PD Sessions

  • PD #1 with LSF's Judy Halpern
  • PD #2 with LSF's Judy Halpern and WDaS veteran teacher Lindsay Butson

To Get Started

  • Youth Forum Kickoff with LSF & Keynote Speaker: TVO's The Water Brothers!

Student Workshops (pick 4+)

Check out our live workshop recordings (45 minutes):

  • "H2O Flow" with Freshwater Alliance
  • "Water Walkers, Water & You!" with Kelsey Leonard & Joanne Robertson
  • "We Are All Water!" with Oakville Green
  • "Water of the Archipelago" workshop with Parks Canada
  • Action Project Planning workshop with LSF (recommended)
  • Early 2022 - Filmmaking workshop with Water Docs (recommended)

Or pick from these pre-recorded options:

  • "Harnessing the Wind" with Green Learning
  • "Closing the Loop on Plastic" with Green Learning
  • "The Climate Atlas of Canada" with Prairie Climate Centre
  • "Ecological Footprint: Code Your Own Adventure Game" with Brilliant Labs

Complete at least 4 student workshops to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

 

Parlez-vous Français? See French Youth Forums

Our Youth Forums won a
2022 Clean50 Top Project Award! Learn more

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Now that In-Person Youth Forums are back, we can’t wait to see you in person and we are doing our part to offset any travel-related emissions:

LSF is offsetting our carbon emissions for travel to our in-person Youth Forums by purchasing carbon credits through Tree Canada‘s  Grow Clean Air program that help protect old-growth trees in the Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative in BC.

In recognition of teams participating in the 2022-2023 in-person Youth Forums, LSF is planting one tree per team through Trees Canada National Greening ProgramThis program  supports the restoration of forests and wildlife habitats and contributes to cleaner air, soil and waterways in Canada