In March, our School & Youth Leadership Programs team hosted three leadership events to support engagement, awareness and collaborative action for sustainability in Metro Vancouver schools.
During these events, 65 student leaders and 35 teacher leaders from the region’s 11 school districts were encouraged to think globally and act and lead locally to inspire action on local sustainability priorities to transform schools and school communities.
These leadership events provided opportunities to introduce and explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and to consider how these interconnected global goals are tied to Metro Vancouver goals and services and the sustainability challenges they are most passionate about.
A highlight from the Think Global LEAD Local Leadership Bootcamp was the Pro Action Café, which provided opportunities for a range of youth-supporting community partners, including Metro Vancouver staff, to receive feedback from youth participants about projects and issues that are relevant to them.
Our Youth4Action team integrated the wisdom gained from a year of online programming to engage young people and educators in a digital world. In collaboration with our friends at School District 47’s Coast Mountain Academy, this program was filled with music, dancing and collaborative tools, and created lots of space for informal connections.
Melissa, a student leader from the Richmond School District, wrote: “Thank you for such a meaningful, educational and fun-filled three days.”
The team looks forward to building on the excitement and momentum of the March programs to upcoming leadership events in May and June.
Learn more about Metro Vancouver’s school and youth leadership programs here.