Youth 4 the Credit

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The Youth 4 the Credit Stewardship program offers teens (ages 14-18) an opportunity to get involved in their community with COVID-19 protocols in place. Participants tackle environmental stewardship projects such as tree planting with their peers. CVC staff supervise and mentor teen volunteers during activities at each event.

Events will take place in communities across the Credit River Watershed.

The Youth 4 the Credit events run from April to June. Events are intended for high school aged youth.

COVID-19 Update

Events and activities are subject to change based on evolving provincial and public health unit guidelines.

Step 1: Mandatory Training

  • What: A mandatory virtual training session will give teens the guidance they need to participate in the events.
  • Duration: 1.5 hours (approximate)
  • Who: Youth participating in the program and CVC staff
  • Topics Covered: Health and safety for planting event, how to prepare for the event, and presentation covering local nature and wildlife, issues affecting environmental health such a climate change, how to take action and more!
  • Registration: Teens must attend one mandatory training sessions before they can participate in an event.

Register now for one session:

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (7:30-9 p.m.)
Saturday, May 29, 2021 (1:30-3 p.m.)

Step 2: Youth 4 the Credit Stewardship Events

  • What: A hands-on stewardship project and interactive nature interpretation led by CVC staff where participants may:
    • Plant native trees and shrubs
    • Conduct field studies (e.g. tree or stream study)
    • Hike on a nature trail
    • Activities to explore local plants and animals, the impacts of climate change and local environmental issue.
  • Duration: Four hours (approximately 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with breaks)
  • Who: Youth participating in the program and CVC staff
  • Registration: Teens can register for up to two in-person events
  • COVID-19 Safety: Teens are expected to follow COVID-19 guidelines at all times.

Register now for up to two events


Youth 4 the Credit Stewardship Program Notes

  • The program is designed to give high school aged youth an opportunity to connect with nature and take part in environmental activities.
  • Youth can earn up to 5 hours of community involvement towards required hours for graduation.
  • Participants must be between of the ages of 14-18 to participate.
  • Participants must register for one mandatory training session and up to two events.
  • The Youth 4 the Credit Stewardship program is free thanks to generous support of funders and is offered to youth within the Credit River Watershed.
  • Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event site.
  • The program runs rain or shine, with exception of severe weather.

Participant requirements:

  1. COVID-19 best practices and safety precautions at CVC-led events:
    • Stay at home if you are feeling sick, if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive, or are under self-quarantine
    • Participants will be required to practice physical distancing and best hygiene practices in compliance with local and provincial guidelines
    • Bring your own mask
    • Bring your own snacks, lunch and water
    • Bring your own work gloves (for stewardship workday events)
    • Dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots
    • Equipment and supplies, such as shovels, will be provided. You can also bring your own shovel
    • There will be a maximum of 25 participants, including staff, at the event
    • Washroom amenities may not be available at some event sites
    • Acknowledge you have read all CVC waivers and forms
    • Youth must also bring a signed Youth Waiver form signed by a parent/ guardian (no digital signatures) in order to participate in the event
    • Complete online self-screening 24 hours before an event and when you first arrive at an event
    • Participants will receive notification if events change or are cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions
    • The wellbeing of our staff and participants is our top priority. We’re following provincial and local guidelines for outdoor gatherings. We will do everything we can to ensure participants maintain physical distancing at our events. If this is not possible, staff and participants will be asked to wear a safety mask.
    • Online registration and COVID-19 pre-screening are required for all CVC events.
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