Youth Climate Corps

Climate change is the greatest challenge of this generation. Wildsight launched the Youth Climate Corps (YCC) in the fall of 2020. The YCC empowers young people to inspire and implement solutions to the climate crisis through targeted employment, training, mentorship, community engagement, and personal leadership development.

Our inaugural YCC crew was based in the West Kootenay region surrounding Nelson. From mid-September to mid-January, 14 crew members ages 19 – 29 were engaged in a variety of projects related to both climate mitigation and adaptation including community wildfire risk reduction, local food security and sustainability, energy efficiency and sustainability, and youth leadership. Along the way, the crew gained both “hard” and “soft” skills beneficial for future careers that are both personally fulfilling, and help our society meet the climate change challenge.

Following the debut of this inaugural West Kootenay crew, we are now working toward enabling similar projects in other locations across the Columbia Basin.

Read all the latest Youth Climate Corps news here.

For more info, please contact Graeme Lee Rowlands (Program Coordinator) at You can also leave a voicemail for Graeme at 250.427.9325 extension 230.

Substantially funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.

Additional funding provided by Arjay R. and Frances F. Miller Foundation, BC Parks, BC Wildfire Service, the City of Nelson, Johnsons Landing Community Association, the Kootenay Career Development Society, Loki Tree Service, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Slocan River Streamkeepers, Spiral Farm, Thimble Hill Nursery, and other project partners.

YCC training session, Nelson September 2020 

Youth Climate Corps News

How to tackle climate change? A youth labour force

You’re never quite sure what you’re walking into the first time you try something. That was…

Digging deep into food security

With growing uncertainty around food security, more and more folk have realized we need to get a grip…

Youth crew works to reduce wildfire risks

Sometimes, the best intentions go awry.Wildfires destroy forests, threaten communities, and harm wildlife. They can grow out…

Wildsight turns the page on 20 years of education

The year was 2000. Dial-up internet, no smart phones. Y2K bug discredited. The prime minister was Jean…

Empowering young leaders

Wildsight's Graeme Lee Rowlands was one of the selected speakers in a recent TEDx series hosted by…

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