Youth Climate Corps

Climate change is the greatest challenge of this generation. Wildsight launched Canada’s first Youth Climate Corps (YCC) program in September 2020. This program empowers young people to inspire and implement solutions to the climate crisis through employment, training, and leadership development. While we work to bring these benefits to our region, our partners at Youth Climate Corps are working to spread this model across the country.

Our inaugural YCC crew was based in the West Kootenay region surrounding Nelson. We’re now running two crews: West Kootenay and Kimberley-Cranbrook. In the YCC, crew members ages 17-30 earn wages, gain work experience, build networks, and develop themselves personally and professionally. Meanwhile, they complete projects that both benefit their own communities and support global efforts to act on the climate crisis. To date, YCC projects have focused on:

  • wildfire risk reduction
  • local food security
  • energy efficiency
  • ecosystem restoration
  • community engagement
  • youth leadership 

Over years to come, Wildsight will continue working to launch YCC crews in other locations across the Columbia Basin.

Read all the latest Youth Climate Corps news here.

For more information, please contact Graeme Lee Rowlands.

Wildsight thanks Arjay R. and Frances F. Miller Foundation, BC Parks, Columbia Basin Trust, Eco Canada, Get Youth Working!, Kootenay Career Development Society, Living Lakes Canada, Preston-Werner Ventures, the Province of BC, and our many community partners for making the Youth Climate Corps possible.

YCC training session, Nelson September 2020 

Youth Climate Corps News

Imagine Nelson: Webinar

November 30, 2021
Did you miss our West Kootenay Youth Climate Corps' webinar? Not to fret, we recorded it. Watch the fascinating panel discussion now.…Read More 
An innovative new project is putting food into the forest and fighting the risk of forest fires at the same time.Wildfires blanketed BC this…Read More 
When we launched our Youth Climate Corps (YCC) program in 2020, our hope was never to just provide youth with a few new job skills…Read More 
Youth Climate Corps West KootenayWhat can our community do to respond to a changing climate? How is climate change impacting our health? Our food…Read More 
We walk through the forest, crisscrossing wildlife paths. The ground rises and falls beneath our feet. Brush swipes pant legs; rocks roll under our shoes…Read More 
Youth Climate Corps (YCC) has returned to the West Kootenay this fall after a successful inaugural program last year.This season, the West Kootenay crew…Read More 
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