YesBC (Youth for Environmental Stewardship)
To increase awareness and find solutions to critical environmental issues by inspiring
and empowering youth to lead the way to a sustainable future.
To deliver highest quality programming in schools that gives students the tools
to be environmental leaders.
We believe that environmental education and visible youth action are key to creating
a sustainable future and promoting a culture of conservation. We take a collaborative
approach and strengthen our programs by partnering with many community organizations, business leaders and members of the
public and private sectors. We need to provide young people with the best tools,
knowledge, technology, resources and ongoing support to empower them to take action in ways that are relevant to them. Youth need to be connected to their peers and have opportunity to reach out to their
communities and beyond – to be a part of the global movement of social change.
YesBC Programs are tailored to the needs of the schools and students, with offerings
in the following modules (with more in development):
Climate Project Canada presentation
Project Planning and Execution
Science and the Media – Who Do we Trust?
Community Based Social Marketing
Visioning and Community Green Mapping
Documenting your Story/Storyboarding/Videography
Technology and Social Media
Preparing for the Emerging Green Economy
Calculating our Carbon Footprint
Collaborators and Supporters
The Climate Project, founded by Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, David Suzuki
Foundation, Steve Nash Foundation, One Million Acts of Green, Inconvenient Youth, GreenNexxus, Green Schools Alliance, Small
Feet, Inc., Sierra Club of BC, FUN Society, UVic School of Earth and Ocean Science, UVic Dept of Geography, UBC Dept of History,
Cisco Systems, Etraffic Solutions.
Steve Nash Foundation, City of Victoria, Corporation of the District of Oak Bay,
Municipality of Saanich, Capital Regional District, BC Hydro
YesBC programs have been introduced to over 4,000 youth in BC schools, via workshops,
climate presentations, district and provincial student leadership conferences and other environmental events.
Currently active in the following schools in 3 school districts in Greater Victoria: Claremont, Belmont, Vic High, Mt. Doug, Oak Bay, Reynolds, Lansdowne, Glenlyon-Norfolk
High school students engaging with elementary and middle feeder schools (their
‘family of schools’) expands the reach (from hundreds to thousands) and provides powerful opportunities for student
mentoring, student-led training/presenting and sustained grassroots action.
In the Spring of 2011, YesBC will, in partnership with multiple collaborators,
coordinate a youth-driven regional event (youth summit) to celebrate the student’s accomplishments and engage the community
in climate action.