TRCA Youth Council

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.

About TRCA’s Youth Council

members of TRCA Youth Council Executive at Albion Hills Field Centre

Are you between the ages of 16 and 30? 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.

READY TO JOIN NOW?

Upcoming Youth Council Events

 


Important Stuff to Know:


WHO SHOULD JOIN THE YOUTH COUNCIL?

If you’re between the ages of 16 and 30 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.

members of TRCA Youth Council Executive outdoors in the snow at Albion Hills Field Centre


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.

Sound good?

members of TRCA Youth Council Executive outdoors in the snow at Albion Hills Field Centre


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.

youth group hiking at Tommy Thompson Park


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. 2021 applications for the Youth Council Executive are now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied!

TRCA Youth Council recognizes the systemic inequalities faced by BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. We are working hard to address those inequalities through our work, and we encourage applications from the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.

Questions?

If you’d like more information about the Youth Council, please get in touch with Kate Goodale, Coordinator, Peel and York Watersheds.

TRCA Youth Council Webinars

Check out the videos from our most recent virtual events.

Barriers to Inclusion in Conservation and Outdoor Spaces

Join TRCA’s Youth Council for a discussion about the systemic barriers that exist in the conservation sector. This discussion covers the historic context of racism in conservation, the current state of diversity in the environmental sector, and finally what we can do as organizations and individuals to address these inequalities.

Toad People Q&A

Following a virtual screening of the documentary Toad People, filmmaker Isabelle Groc talks with TRCA’s Tisha Tan about the movie, road ecology, and how youth can get involved in conservation efforts.

Invasive Species Q&A

TRCA’s Youth Council Is joined by experts from TRCA and York Region for a conversation about invasive species.The wide-ranging discussion covers the impacts of notable invasive species that exist in our watersheds, how they are being dealt with, and the ways that young people can make an impact on the well-being of the landscapes in their communities.

Our Newsletter

Find out what’s been going on with the TRCA Youth Council by checking out back issues of our newsletter:


Youth Council Executive

The 10-member Youth Council Executive takes the lead in in organizing community events for the Youth Council and the general public. Working together with TRCA staff, Youth Council Executive members plan events focused on the issues that young people in the Toronto region are most passionate about.

Thanks to all our 2019-2020 Youth Council Executive members for their hard work and enthusiasm!

members of TRCA Youth Council Executive

MEET YOUR EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

Maya Adachi-Amitay Maya Adachi-Amitay
Maya is currently pursuing her undergrad in Environmental Studies with a focus on management and sustainable energy. She is passionate about topics of food security, renewable energy, and environmental education. Maya loves to hang out in nature, and is excited to bring her passions and experiences to the TRCA Youth Council.
Wai Ying Lam Wai Ying Lam
TL;DR: I’m a hydrology nerd who likes to read books, bake bread and run far. I’m a graduate student doing research in contaminant hydrology, with a background in biology and environmental sciences. Please get in touch if you want to chat about research life, great books, distance running, or cooking healthy food! I love sharing my enthusiasm for conservation and the outdoors, and am very excited to serve on your Youth Council Executive. This year is going to be awesome. Follow me: @bytheWai
Alessia Mole Alessia Mole
I recently graduated with a major in Environmental and Urban Sustainability at Ryerson University. I am working to shape my career in environmental outreach, in order to guide others to get excited about caring for our planet. My passion in sustainability stems from my love for wildlife and nature. I am super excited to return to the Youth Council and continue to share my passion for conservation!
Matthew Zuniga Rodriguez Matthew Zuniga Rodriguez
Hi. My name is Matthew and I’m a fun guy. Kawhi quote aside, I recently graduated from Ryerson University’s Environment and Urban Sustainability program, and have since worked on expanding my horizons in the sustainability world. I am privileged and blessed beyond measure to take my first few steps as a sustainability practitioner in my role on this Youth Council Executive. Looking forward to an amazing and productive year!

 


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