Youth in Action – Credit Connections
Youth in Action – Credit Connections is a collaboration between Ecosource and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. The program brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth (15-30 years old) to design and lead service-oriented environmental action 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 3 key program components and gain 120 service hours:
1. Participation in a Workshop Series
- Our workshop series is led primarily by Indigenous facilitators such as knowledge keepers, elders, artists and educators.
- Workshops are designed to provide participants with a basis of understanding in the intersections between environmentalism and Indigenous ways of knowing as well as Indigenous culture and history.
- Workshops will be held online through Zoom and in person at select sites in Mississauga and Hagersville (transportation subsidies available). Online workshops may include the distribution or pick-up of supplies to maintain the hands-on nature of the program.
- In-person stewardship sessions and field trips will be implemented with COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place.
- Transportation for field trips will be provided or subsidized.
2. Development 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 materials.
3. Independent Learning
Opportunities for self-paced learning and reflection exercises can count towards service hours. Books and other media relevant to environmental stewardship and Indigenous teachings will be provided to participants throughout the program year.
- 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
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. Action 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.
Ecosource’s Youth in Action – Credit Connections 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 here.