Got a passion for the environment? Looking to make a positive impact in your community? There could be a place for you on our Youth Council.
Applications for the Youth Council Executive are now closed. Thanks to all for your enthusiasm! We’re continuing to accept applications for general members.
Are you between the ages of 16 and 24? Then the team here at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) wants to hear what you have to say about environmental issues.
TRCA’s new Youth Council is designed to give young people in the Toronto region a way to come together to identify issues that matter to you, and give you the tools to take real action.
It will be up to Council members themselves to set the annual goals. That could mean organizing youth events about the environment, giving input on TRCA programs and priorities, or working on awareness-raising campaigns to raise awareness about specific environmental issues — the decision belongs to you.
WHO SHOULD JOIN THE YOUTH COUNCIL?
If you’re between the ages of 16 and 24 and currently reside or attend school in TRCA’s jurisdiction, then the answer is simple: it’s you. (Check out the map below to see the boundaries of our jurisdiction.)
A couple of other important considerations:
- We want the Council to be diverse: Members should come from the widest possible range of backgrounds, to reflect the tremendous diversity of the Greater Toronto Area.
- We want members to be passionate: The people who join the Youth Council should be motivated, energized and committed to making real change.
WHAT’S THE YOUTH COUNCIL ALL ABOUT, ANYWAY?
The Council has a couple of big goals:
First, to build healthy communities through improved connection to greenspace and nature.
This can mean different things to different communities, but we know that a stronger connections to nature generally leads to the better health and well-being.
Second, to inspire empowered and engaged youth.
Young people have an enormous stake in the long-term health of our environment, and they need a voice right now in discussions about sustainability and conservation. That’s why it’s so important for the Council members themselves to shape its direction.
There are also some major objectives that will guide the development of program activities:
- Build capacity and engage youth by creating learning opportunities for young people across the GTA.
- Build a youth network and strengthen existing networks to help connect young people across the region who share a passion for environment and sustainability.
- Identify youth perspectives so that young people’s views on current environmental issues can help inform the work of TRCA and its partners.
- Create fun opportunities for youth to explore environmental issues in entertaining and engaging ways.
SO WHY SHOULD I GET INVOLVED?
Lots of reasons. For starters, you’ll get to meet a lot of other young people who share your interests. You’ll learn about environment issues from experts who work on the front lines every day. And, above all, you’ll get a chance to decide for yourself how you want to make change happen.
Plus it’ll be fun.
What else do you get out of it?
- Make new friends
- Gain leadership skills
- Expand your professional network
- Enjoy new experiences
- Get environmental sector experience.
- Do some good.
Ready to Apply? Let’s Get Started
There are two ways to participate in the Youth Council: as a general member, or as a member of the Youth Council Executive.
- As a general member, your level of participation is up to you. There will be opportunities for all members to take part in a variety of activities on a drop-in basis. If you have an interest in heading up a project or initiative, you’re encouraged to bring your idea to the Youth Council Executive. To join as a general member, please complete and submit THIS FORM.
- The Youth Council Executive is the guiding body of the Youth Council. Ten Executive members will be selected for a term of one year. As an Executive member you’ll be expected to organize and run monthly Youth Council meetings, help set priorities for the year, and draw up the work plan. Please note: Applications for the Youth Council Executive are now closed.
If you’d like more information about the Youth Council, please get in touch with Kate Goodale, Project Manager Humber Watershed.