BUILDING CAPACITY FOR YOUTH LEADERSHIP in BC

Want to change the world?
Start in your community!

About the initiative

Co-Creating a Sustainable BC (CCSBC) is a youth initiative under the Fraser Basin Council. Young people aged 16-30 will come together to learn more about and engage in sustainability challenges facing their region through three lenses (social, economic, and environmental), and take what they’ve learned to co-create a project that has a direct and positive impact in their community.

This year we are engaging young people (16-30 years old) from the following regions:

  • East Kootenays (Cranbrook, Kimberley, and surrounding communities)
  • Fraser Valley (Langley to Agassiz)
  • North-Central BC* (Prince George and surrounding communities)

New collaboration between Eco Living Community and the FBC Youth Program!
We are teaming up with Eco Living Community (ELC) this year to deliver a youth cohort in Prince George for CCSBC! Have fun at our all-expenses-paid camping trip in August and take part in other exciting activities throughout the fall with youth across BC with us. Then work on an exciting new sustainability project and make a difference at home in Prince George with ELC and their passionate team of youth volunteers!

CCSBC is all about uplifting youth and empowering them to take solutions-oriented approach to action. It’s vital that youth have a say in the issues that will affect their future! Intersectional perspectives are foundational to equitable and fair sustainability solutions. CCSBC welcomes and strongly encourages BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour), newcomers, LGBTQ2S+ youth, youth with disabilities, and youth of different religious backgrounds to apply. We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all youth and can work with applicants to reduce any barriers to participation. Please see our FAQ below for more information on the kinds of accessibility accommodations we can offer, and feel free to reach out at youth@fraserbasin.ca to begin a conversation around how we may best support you.

Want to learn more? 

WHY JOIN?

CCSBC is designed for young people aged 16-30 in BC from all walks of life. Over the course of the initiative, participants will:

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CREATE MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH LIKE-MINDED YOUTH FROM ACROSS BC

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LEARN FROM LEADERS DOING EXCITING AND INNOVATIVE WORK AROUND SUSTAINABILITY

Project-work

IMPLEMENT A YOUTH-LED SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT IN YOUR COMMUNITY

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GO ON A CAMPING TRIP AND CONNECT TO THE LAND*

*all expenses paid! ​

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HAVE FUN!!

Your ideas, opinions, and experiences matter, and if you’re seeking to make a difference, go for it! By the end of CCSBC, you will walk away feeling confident in your ability to advocate for change and the power that you have in realizing a shared vision of a healthy and thriving community.

Thanks to our funder, you can participate in this initiative at no cost. Your travel and meal expenses from participating in workshops and events are all covered, and we offer ASL interpretation, childcare support, & technology support if needed. If you foresee any accessibility barriers or challenges, please contact us at youth@fraserbasin.bc.ca and let us know how we can make the initiative accessible for you.

Between August 2023 until February 2024, participants can expect to allocate ~10 hr / month to engage in:

  • Welcome meeting in your region – August 2023
  • Camping trip (collaboration with JUMP Canada) – August 26 – August 30, 2023 (all expenses paid)
  • Biweekly field trips to learn about local sustainability initiatives – September – October 2023
  • Skill-building workshops and project work meetings (mix of online and in-person, 2 hours per week) – October 2023 – February 2024

Participation in most meetings is strongly encouraged for full experience. If you can’t make some of the dates, please apply and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs. 

FAQ

We are accepting youth aged 16-30 from all walks of life! This includes high school students, university students, those working full-time or part-time, those who are unemployed, and so on. In the past, we’ve had participants spanning from being in school to being new parents. Youth bring a diversity of lived and cultural experiences that enhance the experience in our initiative overall. If you are 16-30 years old, you’re already qualified to join!

This initiative provides a meaningful opportunity to interact with like-minded people. It is a perfect way to build your skills, develop new or existing passions, and take steps to bridge your education and work. Finally, this initiative provides you with an opportunity to continue to be actively involved in shaping your community and gain hands-on experience in implementing projects that contribute to addressing climate change, which is still an ongoing threat.

During our meetings, we will cover topics such as collaboration, climate change in BC, sustainability pillars (economic, social and environmental), how to initiative and drive change, leadership styles, and more. You will dive into these topics with your regional cohort of passionate youth, and learn about how they apply to your local community. You will also learn from and network with leaders in your region and across the province doing exciting work around sustainability and climate change to broaden your knowledge on regional issues, and connections within the community. 

You’ll collaborate with your team to brainstorm and prototype a solution to a local climate change challenge. Participation will initially be more structured but become more flexible over time, depending on projects and working styles within cohorts/teams.

Although our core team of staff does most of the content and logistics planning for the initiative, we get advice from a Youth Advisory Committee and alumni on how to make the initiative more enjoyable for and relevant to youth participants. You and your teammates will be taking the lead role during the Project Phase in project conceptualization and implementation.

Co-creating a Sustainable BC is designed for a range of levels of expertise in the areas of sustainability and climate change. It is a beginner-friendly initiative but also appropriate for those with more experience and knowledge. Be ready to listen and participate in engaging dialogues with other participants!

In past years, we have covered a wide-ranging list of topics, and brought in diverse speakers who work on sustainability and climate change issues in different regions of the province and on different scales. Past presenters have spoken about topics such as waste, food security, electric vehicles, seed saving, carbon capture and storage, and community climate planning, to name a few. Past special guests include mayors and councillors, First Nation chiefs, business owners, community advocates and more.

Within your youth cohorts, you will receive guidance, resources, and some funding to help jump start a group project, but you will be expected to drive most of the planning and implementation process yourselves. We encourage youth to develop projects through a design thinking process and gap analysis based on what they heard and what is missing in the community/region. Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through these steps when the time comes! We also have an alumni network to ensure new cohorts can learn from and stay connected with CCSBC alumni.

We have funding available to hire ASL interpreters/transcribers for youth who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. Approved childcare expenses can be reimbursed if it is needed by participants while they participate in this initiative. If travel is needed for CCSBC related in-person meetings/events, all travel, meal, and accommodation expenses are covered by the Fraser Basin Council Youth Program.

Please contact us at youth@fraserbasin.ca  if you have any particular accessibility needs. We are always happy to work with you to try to accommodate them.

Nothing – Co-Creating a Sustainable BC is entirely free, thanks to our generous funder! Any costs incurred from attending in-person meetings/events are covered by the Fraser Basin Council.

Yes, participants will receive a “Certificate of Completion” at the end of the initiative. The certificate and a long list of soft and hard skills you’ll gain throughout the initiative will be a great addition to your resumé. We are also happy to provide a volunteer letter of reference upon request.

We strive to create opportunities for youth to safely meet in-person and build strong and meaningful connections. We ask participants to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and to follow our internal policies when participating in FBC-organized events.  For indoor events, we currently require participants to be double-vaccinated (not applicable to outdoor meetings). During all indoor meetings, we ask everyone to wear masks except when actively eating or drinking, and to maintain a respectful distance from others at all times. For participants who cannot attend or are uncomfortable with attending indoor meetings for any reason, we will attempt to make accommodations and enable their participation through other methods, where possible. Participants are encourged to reach out to youth@fraserbasin.ca with any questions or concerns regarding this policy.

PAST COHORT PROJECTS

Take a look at previous youth-led projects and check out what’s in store for you!

Our Facilitators

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Cherry Tam

fraser valley facilitator

Hello! I’m Cherry. I love working on the Youth Program team because I am driven by a desire to make an impact on the world, no matter how small, and by the connections I make with others. Outside of work, I love learning new languages (Japanese, ASL, French, & Mandarin in particular) because I’m fascinated by how languages shape our worldviews!

Lindsay Sackett

East Kootenays Facilitator

I can be described as somehow both laid-back and in a constant state of chaos. I’m a lover of the outdoors, music, & learning, and I’m always up for an adventure. I love to spend my free time enjoying the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa First Nation with my partner and my pup Nova, cooking plant-based meals, relaxing with my cat Milo, and trying to make zero-waste living more accessible for others. My facilitation style is informal yet productive, and I always aim to create a fun and safe space for everyone involved!!

TESTIMONIALS

Here’s what previous CCSBC participants have to say: 
“What I think is most unique about this initiative is that it’s completely youth-led. Youth choose what they want to improve in their community, they identify the gaps, and they work toward a better solution. That’s the most inspiring thing because in youth in a digital age really do understand the issues around us. I love that they have the opportunity to address them.”
Amna
CCSBC participant​
“CCSBC is important because it is community-focused. When youth are able to develop climate solutions that make a difference in their own communities, we can see the impacts of our work in our own backyards. Youth deserve a voice in the climate futures of our communities and CCSBC helps us find that voice!
MP
CCSBC participant​
“It's so powerful to be in a group of such like minded people, it really reinforces the sense of community needed to resolve these major issues of climate change and sustainability. It's been an extremely valuable experience.”
Alexis
CCSBC participant​
Acknowledgements
We would like to acknowledge that this project is funded by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. This project was also funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps program from 2019 to 2023.
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change - British Columbia