We deeply value creating partnerships with schools, community groups, neighbourhood and city organizations, youth groups, and other critically important collectives of individuals who share our passion for youth engagement and advocacy.
Genvironment partnered with Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) in early 2021 to develop programming for their April break week and hosted a series of workshops for parents, families, educators, community leaders in Old Ottawa South on diversity, equity and inclusion using The National SEED Project curriculum and framework.
During the Summer 2021, Genvironment ran a series of workshops for the OSCA daycamp based on our Eco Footprints Challenge. The campers had an amazing time doing hands-on learning about where our food comes from, sustainable diets (local, organic, plant-based), food waste & food justice. The workshops also included a seed planting activity where the kids decorated their pots with upcycled materials, a messy but fun food waste audit, and take home challenges to bring their learning home!
In Summer 2021, Genvironment hosted a workshop on youth environmental movements for the amazing Ottawa Riverkeeper youth program. To read more about the workshop, take a look at the fantastic blog post on their website: https://ottawariverkeeper.ca/social-justice-youth-environmental-movements/
This programming is made possible with generous support and funding from:
In 2020, Genvironment partnered with Teva Quebec, the province’s first Jewish environmental organization. Together, they are designing Olam-DREAMer, based on Genvironment’s DREAMer program. Olam-DREAMer is designed for students to explore and investigate the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a Jewish lens with the goal of fostering young Jewish sustainability leadership.
This programming was made possible with generous support and funding from:
From spring 2020 to 2021, Genvironment has partnered with Montreal Community Cares Foundation to offer a variety of virtual programs to over 150 amazing youth in Montreal. These programs included:
1) Sports and Sustainability: designed for youth sports teams to huddle up and work together as a team to take action on a sustainability issue that they are passionate about in their community, country or the world at large. This program is based off of Genvironment’s Eco-Footprint Challenge.
2) High School Huddle: where coaches and educators provide youth with a safe space that focuses on response-ability: building their social-emotional intelligence skills, sense of agency and self-actualization. Through youth-led discussions, this space serves as a launchpad to reflect on topics that are on their mind, both in their lives and extending out into their communities and the world.
3) SEED Certification program: for youth in the Red Rush Basketball Leadership program to explore how various aspects of identity impacts one’s experiences, and how one can positively impact their school and community to create equitable environments
In 2020, Genvironment partnered with JTEEN Ottawa to offer their youth the DREAMer program. The fantastic youth in this program designed innovative and important projects that stemmed from their diverse interests. These projects included a collection of poems and a short story about climate change for children, an app for individuals experiencing intimate partner violence, a cookbook, and websites about human rights and the economic effects of COVID 19. Take a look at some of their amazing work below!