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 employment, training, and leadership development.

Our inaugural YCC crew was based in the West Kootenay region surrounding Nelson. From September 2020 to January 2021, 14 crew members ages 19 – 29 were engaged in a variety of projects related to both climate mitigation and adaptation including wildfire risk reduction, local food security, energy efficiency, community engagement, 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.

Over 2021-2022, we plan to run multiple YCC crew seasons in both the West Kootenays (Nelson-based) and Kimberley-Cranbrook.

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

YCC training session, Nelson September 2020 

Youth Climate Corps News

Update: Hiring is complete for the 2021 YCC Kimberley/Cranbrook crewWe are seeking up to eight young adults in the Kimberley/Cranbrook area interested…Read More 
You’re never quite sure what you’re walking into the first time you try something. That was certainly the case for 14 adventurous young…Read More 
With growing uncertainty around food security, more and more folk have realized we need to get a grip on our food systems. We need to…Read More 
Sometimes, the best intentions go awry.Wildfires destroy forests, threaten communities, and harm wildlife. They can grow out of control and cost millions of dollars…Read More 
The year was 2000. Dial-up internet, no smart phones. Y2K bug discredited. The prime minister was Jean Chrétien and BC’s premier was…Read More 

Empowering young leaders

November 16, 2020
Wildsight's Graeme Lee Rowlands was one of the selected speakers in a recent TEDx series hosted by Selkirk College. Graeme is an educator…Read More 
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