Youth Climate Corps

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

The 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 17-29 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 (Program Manager).

Wildsight thanks the Arjay R. and Frances F. Miller Foundation, the Columbia Basin Trust, Eco Canada, Get Youth Working!, the Kootenay Career Development Society, 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

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 

Climate change and cherries

September 20, 2021
What do cherries have to do with climate change?Youth Climate Corps (YCC) crew members in Kimberley/Cranbrook can answer that question, after spending eight…Read More 
From a successful inaugural program in 2020, Youth Climate Corps (YCC) has expanded to include a crew based in Kimberley-Cranbrook, and hiring has begun…Read More 
Six young adults are embarking on a new challenge; one that will stretch them physically, emotionally, and mentally. The venture they've signed up for…Read More 
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 
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