The Youth Climate Collective (YCC) is a group of Toronto-based youth, ages 12 – 16, exploring the intersection of art and activism and the role of creativity in tackling the climate crisis as we plan and activate green initiatives in our city.
One of the main focuses of this collective is youth-led initiatives that cultivate bright ideas and innovative action plans. We call our YCC youths Change Makers. Through planning, creating, and executing their ideas, YCC Change Makers advocate powerful and engaging climate change awareness movements and initiatives.
YCC is launched an 8-week program mentorship program that will be a focus on how YCC Change Makers can translate their passions for climate change into a digital awareness campaign. These sessions will be divided into two parts, “Think Tank” and “Action” when it comes to the development of ideas and the practice of how to make their voices heard effectively using everything that is readily available online as a platform for change.
The Youth Climate Collective Mentorship Program objectives:
- Self-Expression: Identify your interests in climate change and find your artistic voice for it
- Advocacy: Develop innovative digital-based solutions for environmental advocacy
- Action: Implement your findings and creations through a digital campaign leading up to Earth Day
- Impact: Establish lifelong connections with climate-conscious individuals and be directed to other initiatives to continue your advocacy efforts
- Professional development: Gain leadership skills, foster critical thinking about climate change and learn about careers in the green sector.
By the end of this program, YCC Change Makers will create an awareness campaign, using online advocacy, that will launch on Earth Day, April 22nd.
As this is a professional development and mentorship program, YCC Change Makers who complete this program will receive an honorarium of $150.00 in the form of a cheque upon completion.
For any other inquiries, contact program coordinator Matt O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our Youth Climate Collective Website! An online space where you can find the goals of the collective, profiles of the members, resources, and check out the planned activations and initiatives. www.youthclimatecollective.ca