Members of the Fraser Basin Council’s youth program “Co-Creating a Sustainable BC.” Submitted photo.

Fraser Basin Council invites local youth to environmental-policy program

Applications for ‘Co-Creating a Sustainable BC’ program have July 19 deadline

Fraser Valley youth are being invited to apply for a spot in a government-sponsored environmental program to gain leadership skills, opportunities and knowledge on complex policy issues affecting their communities.

The non-profit Fraser Basin Council (FBC) wrapped up the first “Co-Creating a Sustainable BC” pilot project last month in the Thompson and Sea to Sky regions of B.C.

“Youth had developed their own projects to support sustainability in their communities, including an initiative to provide public access to organic waste infrastructure in the Thompson region, and a behaviour change campaign to encourage Sea-to-Sky communities to embrace composting practices,” reads a news release from the FBC.

For project’s second year, the initiative is expanding to regional cohorts in the Fraser Valley, Williams Lake, Kamloops, Prince George and their surrounding communities. The applicants, aged 16 to 30 participate for free, have their travel and meal expenses covered, and have access to ASL interpreters, as well as childcare and accessibility options, if needed.

“Being a part of CCSBC will provide youth with the opportunity to boost connections, deepen their understanding of climate change impacts in their communities and explore the benefits of being actively engaged in civic dialogue while having fun.”

The project receives its funding through the Canadian Service Corps, a federal program.

Its curriculum is made up of bi-weekly meetings, which are taking place online due to COVID-19, where youth will be connecting directly with community leaders and making informed decisions on developing projects.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by July 12, and the final deadline is July 19. Interested parties can find further information at: https://fbcyouthprogram.ca/ccsbc/.

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