Youth Forums Win Canada's Clean50 Top Project Award
We are pleased to announce that our Youth Forums won a Canada’s Clean50 Top Project Award, which annually recognizes the contributions of its recipient Honourees towards sustainable development in Canada. The Top Project nominees are voted on by sustainability advocates, emerging leaders, Top Project representatives, members of the Clean50, and other attendees at the Clean50 summit.
Our Youth Forums have historically been held as full-day, in-person experiences, but COVID-19 forced an unusual school year where students across Canada were learning in the classroom, online from home, or some combination of both. With consistently changing guidelines and learning systems, we decided to find a way to move our Youth Forums to a virtual format. We knew that skipping a year wasn’t an option since students needed access to the skills and knowledge provided in the Forums.
Creating a multi-component virtual events series in just a few months (and on a small budget) was a challenge. In addition to developing new programming, we also had to figure out how we could work with school board privacy policies, teachers who are new to technology and virtual learning, events covering multiple time zones and a myriad of school schedules, while some students were learning from home. Our team pulled it off though, and we are so pleased with the final product!
Our new Virtual Youth Forums still build a sense of community and connection among teachers and students from different schools. And, most importantly, the Forums engage students in sustainability issues, equip them with skills and knowledge, and empower them to take action! The virtual events dramatically increased our audience and geographic reach last year, with 17,600 students across all thirteen provinces and territories having the opportunity to contribute to the fight against climate change by participating in an Action Project.
Thank you to Clean50 for recognizing this as a 2022 Clean50 Top Project! Learn about Clean50 at https://clean50.com/
You can learn more about and register for an upcoming virtual Youth Forum here.