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Participants: Youth Climate Leadership Program
Location: Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (Virtual), Ontario

Type: free training program with support, benefits, see below (not a job)
Benefits: can apply for grant funding up to $4000, also tech devices (laptops) 
Hours: approx. 3-5 hours per week for 6-months, starting mid-October
Eligibility: ages 19-25 (see below)

Lead social change in your community as a Climate Leader!

Youth Challenge International’s (YCI) Youth Climate Leadership Program supports young people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), aged 19-25, to grow leadership skills and enhance their careers while engaging their communities and driving climate change action. Join us in this exclusive opportunity to build skills, network and make a real impact!

The 6-month Youth Climate Leadership Program supports young people to become Climate Leaders through creating, leading and catalyzing community-based projects to shape a more climate-resilient GTHA.

The program uses a cohort-based model, allowing for collaborative peer-learning, coaching and mentorship in a supportive (currently virtual) environment to help Climate Leaders reach their goals.

Climate Leaders will:

  • Access resources to enhance their career. Gain skills and experience in youth mobilization, project design, community development, social innovation and more.
  • Join YCI’s Climate Action Network. Connect with 375+ youth and change-makers across the GTHA, including customized coaching and mentorship to support your growth.
  • Drive positive community impact. Engage like-minded youth to design and implement a community-based climate action initiative that makes a real impact.

Climate Leaders will also have the opportunity to access grant funding for their projects of up to $4000 as well as laptops to use throughout the program and keep upon completion thanks to generous support from our partners, TakingITGlobal (#RisingYouth), Bullfrog Power and Catapult Canada.

You’ll fit right in if you:

  • Want to make a real impact on climate change in your community.
  • Want to learn and grow your leadership, project planning and community building skills.
  • Are excited about engaging other like-minded young people and leading a team to take action.
  • Are dedicated and dependable with availability on evenings and some weekends to actively participate in training sessions.


  • You are 19-25 years old.
  • You live in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA).
  • You want to build skills and become a leader in your community.

Time Commitment:

Participants can expect 3-5 hours weekly for asynchronous learning and project implementation. Training sessions are held every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 pm for the first 2 months then staggered biweekly for the remaining program. There is also 1 half-day weekend Leadership Development session.

How to apply:

Successful applicants are contacted within 1 week of applying to schedule a group interview. Spaces are limited, so apply early and don’t miss the chance to participate in this unique experience!

For more information about Youth Challenge International’s Youth Climate Leadership Program, visit


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YCI’s Youth Climate Leadership Program allows youth to lead, create, and implement community-based climate action initiatives thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 12 2021    ID: 61132