Young Ravine Leaders

COVID-19 Update: This free training program has been designed as an engaging, online program. Pending COVID-19, some in-person activities may be included.

Training Tomorrow's Ravine Leaders

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The Young Ravine Leaders (YRL) program is a free, four-part, training program, designed to provide an in-depth exploration of Toronto’s ravines, community stewardship and career development. 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. Pending COVID-19, an in-person ravine “walk-and-learn” event is planned to give participants the opportunity to strengthen  their online learning experience. 


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 new 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:

  • Gain knowledge and training from industry experts on ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship 
  • Meet and network with industry professionals
  • Explore various volunteer opportunities and career paths 
  • Solidify online learnings through a guided ravine walk (COVID-19 pending)
  • Build meaningful connections with like-minded young people and explore networking opportunities 
     
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Applicant Criteria


Applicants Must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 29
  • Be a resident of the City of Toronto
  • Be able to commit up to 2.5 hours per week 
  • Be available to attend three weekday evenings sessions between mid-September and mid-October, as well as the final session, which takes place on a weekend afternoon in October (COVID-19 pending)
  • 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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Thank you for your interest. Applications for the 2021 Young Ravine Leaders program are closed.


 

 


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


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