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Fraser Basin Council invites youth to lead sustainability projects

The 2020-21 North-Central BC youth cohort in Prince George and Williams Lake created the “Eco Living Kitchen” project, leading workshops and giving away free kits to help community members reduce and prevent waste in the kitchen.

Prince George youth interested in sustainability leadership are invited by the non-profit Fraser Basin Council to apply to Co-Creating a Sustainable BC, a program in which youth participants network with local leaders, identify sustainability challenges in their community, and collaboratively design their own community-minded solution. The 2021 program is open for applications now through July 11 to interested youth (16-30 years old) living in or around Prince George in the north-central B.C. region.

“We’re so inspired by the innovation and passion that youth have brought to this program,” said Cherry Tam of the Fraser Basin Council. “They care about climate change impacts and want to do their part for the social, environmental and economic health of their communities.”

In previous years, youth participants successfully led behaviour change campaigns, directed a short film about waste, built a greenhouse to address local food security, and hosted community workshops for household waste reduction.

“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,” said Amna, a Co-Creating a Sustainable BC alumni. She continues, “I love that they have the opportunity to address them.”

The Co-Creating a Sustainable BC initiative creates an opportunity for young people to:

deepen connections to their communities,

● experience the benefits of being actively engaged civic participants,

● experience the importance of serving and contributing to a community, and

● learn how to embrace leadership roles.

The Fraser Basin Council and Co-Creating a Sustainable BC are committed to providing equal opportunities to all youth, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), LGBTQ2S+ youth, new Canadians, youth with disabilities, and youth of different religious backgrounds. Youth participate in this initiative at no cost; travel and meal expenses reimbursed and accessibility needs such as ASL interpretation or childcare are accommodated.

Applications are now open for young people (16-30 years old) living in Prince George and surrounding communities from the North-Central BC region.

For details and to apply for this exciting opportunity, visit https://fbcyouthprogram.ca/

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 11, 2021

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