The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada’s Youth Advisory Council brings together youth leaders from across the country who are passionate about making a difference for animals, people and the environment.
Comprised of members aged 18 to 25, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) helps shape the programmatic direction of the Roots & Shoots program in Canada, ensuring the perspectives of youth are at the core of our work. Focusing on initiatives centred around climate change and Indigenous perspectives, Council members work together to involve youth and amplify their voices from coast to coast.
The Youth Advisory Council provides young people with an opportunity to develop compassionate leadership skills while connecting with like-minded advocates. If you have an interest in these topics, joining the Youth Advisory Council may just be for you!
Join the Youth Advisory Council
Applications for the 2021 – 2022
Youth Advisory Council are closed.
What’s the impact? In 2020 the YAC:
• Lead 3 Part Political Series on climate justice and centering climate solutions on Indigenous ways of knowing
• Inspired a movement to get outdoors with What’s in My Backyard Webinars
• Shared actionable tips & tricks for Living a Sustainable year on Social Media
• Developed a Reconciliation/ Decolonization Teachers Guide (In progress)
• Contributed to the global JGI network by creating a Global Roots & Shoots Report
Role and Responsibilities of a YAC Member
• Promote Roots & Shoots and reach out to schools/communities
• Represent Roots & Shoots at public engagement events as appropriate
• Attend Roots & Shoots Board Committee on a rotational basis
• Review the annual A.P.E. Fund (Animals, People, Environment) proposals from across Canada
• Develop ideas for campaigns and resources related to climate action and Indigenous perspectives
• Attend online meetings (average once a month)
• Participate in training sessions organized by JGI Canada
• Amplify voices of Roots & Shoots youth through networking and engaging in other youth-related provincial and national platforms
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