On Saturday, we had a chance to visit the Ontario Nature Youth Leadership Summit where about 40 motivated, articulate young people from all over the province shared a weekend of leadership training and campaign planning.
Intriguingly, when I asked a group of the students if their respective high schools had environment clubs, many said that they did not. That only underlined the need for ON’s Youth Council, which was started in 2010, in giving young people a way to be involved and transformative on environmental issues. The outcome of the weekend (at the beautiful YMCA Cedar Glen camp) will be the choice of a priority issue for the Youth Council work in the coming year. The leadership group will stay in touch by conference calls every month to continue to plan events and campaigns throughout the year. The next big youth event is the Summit in September. We’re looking forward to it already.
For more information on the Youth Leadership program at ON, here’s the link.