Banner photo donated by Michael Haines

Youth Leaders

Students get the rare opportunity to take the lead on a real-life project.  With some support, they:

  • excel at learning about issues,
  • critically analyze problems,
  • enlist expertise in their community,
  • work collaboratively,
  • communicate their ideas, and
  • design practical solutions to real problems.

Students who participate in our program develop confidence and apply it to become global citizens within our communities.  As well, the spectrum of knowledge and skills they learn serves them in subsequent academic pursuits and careers.  It is not uncommon to hear of students who choose a field of study related to their work on one of these projects.

I love making a difference in our world and making it a better place. Iā€™m in DC because I want to be more involved with our school and earth.
— Grade 6 student, St. Kateri School, Calgary


Contributions from the active involvement of volunteers benefits mentors and the organizations they represent. Mentors share knowledge and expertise while developing their environmental literacy. And, they learn what's possible from students.


We work with building operations to track savings.  One school district realized reductions of 248,138 kWh from the six participating schools in one year by tracking electrical savings associated with behaviour change. That's equivalent to 175 fewer metric tons of CO2 emitted.


With measurable reductions in energy and water consumption and waste production, projects model actions and results for communities to adopt.  Many community goals within municipal policies are aligned with the project results. For all those involved, the community increases the number of champions for making daily choices for sustainability in all aspects of community life.  As a global community, these measurable results translate into a legacy for creating a better world.