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.
Gain skills through experiential climate and design-thinking training and workshops and be eligible for accessibility support, grant funding and more.
Partner with like-minded youth to design and implement a climate action project that makes a real impact in your community.
Connect with 300+ youth and change-makers across the GTHA to learn with and support each other to amplify impact in your communities.
Meet local experts and policy makers to understand your community’s unique climate needs and build youth-led solutions.
Network with influential partners, municipalities and local youth while gaining real-world experience.
Learn and refine key skills such as communication, collaboration and task management.
Learn about breaking down problems, gathering insights and exploring the opportunity space.
Discover design thinking strategies to reframe your problem statement and opportunity ideas.
Explore brainstorming techniques to come up with creative project ideas to address your problem statement.
Refine your project idea and prepare to pitch your solution to your community partner.
Learn the basics of project management including planning, executing and monitoring your initiative.
May include topics such as Policy Change and Advocacy, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Eco-Anxiety and Wellness, Project Sustainability and Funding Pathways + more!
Click on Catalyst teams below to learn more about their innovative climate action projects.
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Inspiring today’s young climate leaders and innovators
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:
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.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so be sure to apply early to secure your spot in the Innovate MY Future program.
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.
Innovate MY Future!