Take climate action for your community and your future!

Through Youth Challenge International’s Innovate MY Future program, GTHA youth, aged 16-24, collaborate in local teams to tackle climate issues and design community-based projects to make an impact.

ABOUT INNOVATE MY FUTURE
Become a Climate Action Catalyst to build skills, network and take climate action in your community!
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Access exclusive resources

Gain skills through experiential climate and design-thinking training and workshops and be eligible for accessibility support, grant funding and more.

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Take climate action

Partner with like-minded youth to design and implement a climate action project that makes a real impact in your community.

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Join YCI’s Climate Action Network

Connect with 300+ youth and change-makers across the GTHA to learn with and support each other to amplify impact in your communities.

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Collaborate with communities

Meet local experts and policy makers to understand your community’s unique climate needs and build youth-led solutions.

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Jumpstart your career

Network with influential partners, municipalities and local youth while gaining real-world experience.

“The Innovate MY Future program felt like a tight-knit community and it brought me so much joy to see so many youth advocating for sustainability and collaborating to make a positive change.”

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Grow skills with YCI’s unique
Innovate MY Future training sessions

Team & Professional Skills Building

Learn and refine key skills such as communication, collaboration and task management.

Project Design Jam: Understand and Empathize

Learn about breaking down problems, gathering insights and exploring the opportunity space.

Project Design Jam: Defining Innovative Solutions

Discover design thinking strategies to reframe your problem statement and opportunity ideas.

Project Design Jam: Ideation and Brainstorming

Explore brainstorming techniques to come up with creative project ideas to address your problem statement.

Project Design Jam: Pitch Prep

Refine your project idea and prepare to pitch your solution to your community partner.

Project Management Skills Building

Learn the basics of project management including planning, executing and monitoring your initiative.

Special Topics and Guest Speakers

May include topics such as Policy Change and Advocacy, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Eco-Anxiety and Wellness, Project Sustainability and Funding Pathways + more!

Be the first to know about Innovate MY Future updates and how to get involved!

INNOVATE MY FUTURE PARTNERS

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Inspiring today’s young climate leaders and innovators

Innovate MY Future brings together the GTHA’s leading social innovation organizations to inspire youth civic engagement in local climate change-related issues and needs.
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YCI Climate Action Catalysts receive mentorship from local climate policy experts and community organizations addressing pressing climate issues.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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About Innovate MY Future

What do Climate Action Catalysts commit to as part of the Innovate MY Future program?

This is an 8-month volunteer program with participants volunteering approximately 4 hours a week to attend virtual training sessions, collaborate with peers, conduct research and implement climate action projects.

KEY PROGRAM DATES:

  • Virtual training sessions in July to September
  • Climate action project implementation from October to February
  • Final Climate Action Catalyst Summit event in February 2022

How can I apply to be a Climate Action Catalyst?

Apply online on our website. You are invited to submit your answers in the “about you” section in a short video or you can fill out your answers in the form provided. Successful applicants will be invited to a short interview via Zoom.

 

Deadline to submit your application to be a Climate Action Catalyst is July 1 at 11:59 pm EST

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so be sure to apply early to secure your spot in the Innovate MY Future program.

How can I volunteer in my community safely with social distancing measures?

The Innovate MY Future program has adapted to operate in a virtual context as long as necessary and will adhere to all recommendations and social distancing measures advised by local health authorities. Our trainings, meetings and team collaborations will occur virtually until gatherings of small and large groups are appropriate. All climate action projects will be designed with social distancing measures considered.

 

While we can’t be together face-to-face, climate action momentum must continue. We will work together to design creative community-based climate action projects while keeping safe.

“YCI’s Innovate MY Future program taught me that no matter who you are, or how young you are, making a significant change in your community is very possible if you put in the effort and make connections.”
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