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Our Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA) communities need you!

Positions: Climate Action Catalyst
Type: volunteer opportunity engaging young people in their communities and climate action
Remuneration: travel stipends, tablet to support project work, access to project grant funding
Organization: Youth Challenge International 
Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area, Ontario

Youth Challenge International’s Innovate MY Future program offers Canadian youth living in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area the opportunity to take action on local climate issues and make a real difference in their communities.

Cities play a huge role in climate change problem solving which requires creative local solutions and social innovation. At Youth Challenge International, we know that youth have incredible capacity for taking action and are powerful contributors to change.

The Innovate MY Future program inspires young people to be engaged citizens, climate leaders and innovators who effectively respond to local climate change issues and needs, building resilient cities.

Climate Action Catalysts will leave the program equipped with new professional and personal skills, new connections with mentors working on climate change, a vast diverse network of passionate peers, and the unique leadership experience running their own local climate action project. 

What you’ll do:

  • Learn from climate experts: Take part in two full-day Climate Leadership Training Labs, co-designed and hosted by Evergreen, to understand the local impacts of climate change and gain the skills and tools to develop creative solutions.
  • Collaborate with communities: Partner with local youth to run a community consultation and meet local experts and policy makers to share your ideas and tackle climate issues in your community.
  • Take action for climate: Work in a team of Climate Action Catalysts to plan and execute a climate action project that addresses urgent climate issues facing your community now.
  • Jumpstart your career: Network with influential partners, municipalities and local youth throughout your Climate Action Catalyst experience, creating a support system for life.

You’ll fit right in if you have:

  • A passion for climate justice and desire to learn from local experts on climate change policy development, advocacy, and action planning;
  • Highly organized and motivated self-starter with experience and/or strong interest in civic engagement on social and/or environmental issues;
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational planning, time management and multi-tasking abilities, and desire to further enhance these skills;
  • Ability to work well with a team and possess strong interpersonal skills.

Before you get started, make sure you're eligible:

  • 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 leader in your community.
  • You can commit to attend 2 full-day trainings taking place on weekdays in June in downtown Toronto, complete a climate action project, and attend a final graduation event in February 2020 in downtown Toronto

This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity engaging young people in their communities and climate action.

To support your participation, Youth Challenge International will provide travel stipends to help cover program related travel costs. Participants will also be able to apply for grant funding to help run their climate action projects (up to $2,000 per project team).

Each participant will have access to a tablet to support the documentation and promotion of their projects. Upon satisfactory completion of the Innovate MY Future program requirements, participants are able to keep their tablets.

How to apply:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Successful applicants will be contacted in May 2019 to schedule an interview. Submit early and don’t miss the chance to participate in this unique experience!

Please note that if you are not selected to participate in the Spring/Summer Climate Action Catalyst experience, you may be considered for participation in the Fall/Winter Climate Action Catalyst experience.

For more information about Youth Challenge International’s Innovate MY Future program, and TO APPLY visit:


Innovate MY Future is an initiative of Future Cities Canada, a national collaborative platform accelerating innovation to transform cities.

Innovate MY Future is generously funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps program.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : May 22 2019    Numéro : 53139