CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION
Do you want to volunteer and take action for your community and for your future?
Positions: Climate Action Catalyst
Type: volunteer opportunities with training, support, benefits (see below)
Benefits: can apply for grant funding up to $2000, also tech devices (eg. laptops, tablet, headphones)
Hours: approx. 4 hours per week from July-February
Locations: Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area, Ontario
Eligibility: ages 16 – 24 (see below)
Organization: Climate Action Network / YCI
Through Youth Challenge International’s Innovate MY Future program, GTHA youth, aged 16-24, collaborate virtually and in person within local teams to tackle climate issues and design community-based projects to make an impact.
Join us to become a Climate Action Catalyst to build skills, network and take climate action in your community!
Climate Action Catalyst volunteers receive training, mentorship, grant funding and resources to design and implement a climate action project in their communities while gaining resume-building skills and experience along the way.
What you’ll do:
- Join YCI’s Climate Action Network: You’ll join YCI’s growing network of 300+ youth and change-makers taking climate action across the GTHA to learn with and support each other to amplify impact in your communities.
- Access exclusive learning and support resources: Gain skills through experiential climate change and design thinking workshops and be eligible for accessibility support, grant funding and more.
- Take tangible action on climate change: You'll join a small team of local youth to design and execute a climate action project that addresses the critical climate issues facing your community.
- Meet and collaborate with professionals in the climate change sector: Your team will be matched with a partner organization who will pose a local climate issue for your project to address and you will be provided with ongoing coaching and mentorship throughout the program.
- Jumpstart your career: Climate Action Catalysts build market-ready skills, network with influential partners, municipalities and local youth throughout your experience, and receive a letter of recommendation upon completion of the program.
You’ll fit right in if you:
- Are dedicated and dependable.
- Have availability on weeknights to actively volunteer with a local team through virtual platforms and can commit to regular in-person team meetings.
- Have strong collaboration skills across virtual and in-person settings, with an interest in deepening these skills.
- Are curious about systems change, design-thinking and climate action, and want to learn more about how you can make a positive impact in your community.
- Possess a passion for climate action and desire to learn from local experts on climate change policy development, advocacy and action planning.
- Have strong attention to detail, organizational planning, time management and multi-tasking abilities and desire to further enhance these skills.
- Work well with a team and possess strong interpersonal skills.
The details & time commitment:
- This is an 8-month volunteer program from July to February. Volunteers contribute 120 hours in total (approximately 4 hours per week) to attend trainings and coaching meetings and to collaborate with YCI, your local partner and your team.
- July to August: Receive climate science and design thinking training and develop your climate action project with your assigned team members.
- September to December: Create and pilot your climate action project with your community and local partner.
- January: Wrap up your project, identify key learnings and reconnect with the community stakeholders who are most impacted by the project outcomes.
- February: Share your project publicly and celebrate your impact with your community at the final event!
- The program will have both virtual and in-person elements. You will meet your team in-person every Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:30pm in July and August. Together, you will join virtual sessions over Zoom with teams from across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area to learn from and support each other. Additional in-person meetings will be scheduled internally based on team availability.
- Please note: Climate Action Catalyst Team Leads will receive additional Leadership Development Training in June to prepare for the position.
- You're 16-24 years old.
- You live in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) and are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada.
- You want to build skills and become a climate action advocate in your community.
- You can commit to:
- Volunteering approx. 4 hours per week from July-February and attend regular virtual and in-person trainings and meetings.
- Completing a climate action project in collaboration with a team and attend a final event in February 2023.
How to apply:
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Submit early and don’t miss the chance to participate in this unique experience!
Applicants have the option to apply as a team. If applying as a team, please indicate this in your application.
For more information about Youth Challenge International’s Innovate MY Future program, visit youthclimateaction.ca.
Innovate MY Future is generously funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps program.
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