Youth in Action – Credit Connections is a collaboration between Ecosource and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. The program engages Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth 15-30 years old to design and lead service-oriented environmental stewardship projects, while offering an opportunity to develop leadership skills and centre Indigenous history, cultural practices, and teachings.
Over the course of the program, participants will take part in 2 key program components and gain 120 community service hours through:
1. Participation in a Workshop Series
- Our workshop series is led primarily by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, artists, educators, youth and activists.
- Workshops are designed to provide participants with a basis of understanding in the intersections between environmental stewardship and Indigenous ways of knowing as well as Indigenous culture and history.
- Workshops will be held online primarily through Zoom. Some workshops include a hands-on portion with resource kits mailed out or available for pick up by participants.
If deemed safe by public health authorities, outdoor volunteer sessions will be available to help participants gain volunteer hours.
2. Development and Implementation of an Action Project
- All participants will design and implement an environmental action project in their communities.
- Action projects are supported by Ecosource through project mentoring and access to funding for project components.
The program will begin online through virtual workshops and continue with in-person field trips when permitted by public health authorities. Transportation will be provided or subsidized.
- Promote civic engagement among Canadian youth through committed environmental and sustainability services opportunities
- Enhance participants’ readiness for leadership roles and community participation
- Help youth develop valuable skills that will benefit them in life and work
- Foster greater cultural understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth
- Increase participants’ understanding of environmental stewardship and Indigenous history, cultural practices, and teachings
If you are interested in registering for the program, please click here to complete the intake form. One of our program coordinators will follow up via e-mail with additional forms to complete the registration process.
To request more information, please contact Satpreet Dhillon at firstname.lastname@example.org.