Young Ravine Leaders

Training Tomorrow's Ravine Leaders

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The Young Ravine Leaders (YRL) program is a free, four-part, educational and training program designed to provide an in-depth overview of Toronto’s ravines, community stewardship and career development to youth (ages 18 to 29) who are exploring opportunities in the environmental field.

Our expert speakers will provide engaging virtual sessions that will empower participants with the knowledge and skills to enhance Toronto’s ravines and urban forest. Independent and in-person group activities are planned to give participants the opportunity to strengthen their learning experience.

The program is designed to be accessible to all educational backgrounds. Participants are not required to have any experience within the environmental field to apply.

The program seeks to support Toronto youth from Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) and/or underrepresented groups within ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship including (but not limited to) women, non-binary people, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ persons and racialized individuals.

The Young Ravine Leaders Program is funded by the City of Toronto.

Become A Young Ravine Leader

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Become a Young Ravine Leader!

This program aims to empower the next group of ravine advocates in the City of Toronto! The goal of the program is to provide a valuable learning experience in the fields of ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship.

 

Benefits to Participants:

  • Explore various volunteer opportunities and career paths in ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship
  • Meet and network with industry professionals
  • Gain knowledge and training from industry experts on ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship
  • Build meaningful connections with like-minded young people and explore networking opportunities
  • Solidify online learnings through independent or in-person, group activities

Applicant Criteria

Applicants Must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 29
  • Be a resident of the City of Toronto
  • Be able to commit to workshop sessions in the fall
  • Have an interest in ravines, urban forestry and/or environmental stewardship
  • Priority will be given to applicants from NIAs and/or underrepresented groups within ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship with a need to participate in a fully-funded, educational program.
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Applications for the 2024 YRL program will be opening soon!

Applications for the 2024 YRL program are open!

 

Program applications close Monday, July 29th, 2024 at 11:59 PM.

Apply Today

Join our Young Ravine Leaders Virtual Information Session on Monday, July 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. to learn about what to expect as a participant of the YRL program and how to apply.

The Young Ravine Leaders Program is funded by the City of Toronto through the Ravine Strategy.

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