Cultivating Green Champions

Ecosource’s Cultivating Green Champions (CGC) program is designed to connect youth with natural spaces through environmental education and empower them as they take part in food-growing and restoration activities.

By joining this program, you will develop a knowledge base through educational workshops and stewardship opportunities across the Region of Peel and Haldimand County. Sessions will focus on expanding environmental technical skills, with topics such as sustainable urban agriculture, measuring water quality and native and invasive plant species. In addition, Indigenous teachings will be shared to expose you to Indigenous ways of knowing such as plants of Indigenous significance. Workshops will be delivered by Ecosource staff as well as project partners such as Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

You will also be given leadership training, support, and resources to implement action within your community to design and lead service-oriented environmental stewardship projects throughout the program. Overall, through workshops and service opportunities as well as implementing an action project, you have an opportunity to foster respectful relationships with the land and your communities.

The program is free and will take place virtually and in-person in the Region of Peel in accordance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Transportation to and from in-person locations will be provided and/or subsidized. Registration will remain open until December 2023, and project activities will run until March 2024.

Eligibility Criteria

Registration is currently closed for this program.

COVID-19 Considerations​

The health and safety of our program participants is our top priority. This programming year, we will be offering a blend of virtual and in-person learning opportunities. Individual project planning will be informed by the latest public health advice and can include remote or virtual implementation. Health and safety training will be provided to all participants to ensure they understand how to protect themselves and others in the context of COVID-19. In-person stewardship opportunities will be offered to participants and will be implemented with COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place.

 

The Cultivating Green Champions program is funded by Canada Service Corps, a national movement that empowers youth aged 15–30 to gain experience and build important skills while giving back to their community. Learn more at Canada.ca/CanadaServiceCorps.

Youth Climate Club

Calling all youth ages 15-30! Interested in environmental action and meeting new people? Visit the Ecosource Community Climate Hub (5070 Fairwind Drive) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 pm, to connect and work together to achieve environmental goals. Through these sessions, you will have the opportunity to foster respectful relationships with the land and your communities. Each session will cover different topics, including cooking, gardening, art, and media. Snacks will also be provided.
 

Please fill out the form below before attending your first session and make sure to review and sign the participant waiver form AFTER registering.

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