The Youth Climate Alliance unites youth as they learn and take the lead by hosting events ‘by and for’ youth on climate change science and action.
The Manitoba Museum has partnered with GenAction and 30 science centres across the nation to deliver climate action programming inspiring our next generation of climate heroes! Its mission is to engage over 200,000 youth by 2024, raising awareness of climate change science and delivering programming to educate citizens on climate actions they can take to make a difference.
What is the Youth Climate Alliance?
The Youth Climate Alliance is a group of grade 9-12 students (14-18 years old) who will work together to better understand climate change and its impacts. Through a series of workshops and training, the Youth Climate Alliance aims to host events “by and for” youth.
The goal of the Youth Climate Alliance is to give youth an avenue to pursue climate change advocacy and have their voices heard.
Applications for the Youth Climate Alliance program are closed for Fall 2023. Details for applications for Winter 2024 will be released soon.
This initiative is presented by the Manitoba Museum in partnership with GenAction, a project funded by the Government of Canada’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund that aims to empower youth to take action on climate change and inspire them to become leaders in their community.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Youth who live in Winnipeg and are between the ages 14 – 18 (grade 9-12),
- Youth who are passionate about their environment,
- Youth who are committed to combat climate change, and
- Youth who are happy to be working as part of a team.
Applications for the Youth Climate Alliance will reopen in Winter 2024
Once the application period has closed, we will be reviewing all applications. We will be choosing 15-20 people to be part of the Manitoba Museum’s Youth Climate Alliance.
If you don’t get chosen, we encourage you to reapply when the next application opens up.
Members of the Youth Climate Alliance can expect to attend bi-weekly meetings in hybrid format starting the last week of September. These mandatory meetings will alternate between being in-person and over Microsoft Teams. Throughout the meetings, you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn more about climate change and its impacts,
- Work on climate change-related events and projects “by and for” youth,
- Meet Museum staff and participate in our curator-led museum tour,
- Learn about green careers.
We know that you are busy and while there will be a lot of planning to be done during our meetings, there might be times when you might need to work on things in your own time.
On top of being part of the Youth Climate Alliance, you will be automatically registered on our volunteer program that will allow you to volunteer and experience the other programs and events that the Manitoba Museum has to offer. The additional hours to volunteer at our general Museum programming will be up to your own schedule.
As a member of the Youth Climate Alliance, we expect you to:
- Attend all the bi- weekly mandatory meetings.
- Not miss more than two mandatory meetings*
- Be a team player.
- Communicate with the program coordinator and your fellow members in a timely manner.
*This program relies on participants who are able to commit to attending a majority of meetings and events. We know your lives are busy, but we hope you apply with the expectation of attending as many meetings and events as possible. Participants who miss more than two meetings may be released from this cohort.
As a member of the Youth Climate Alliance, you’ll:
- Broaden your knowledge and raise climate change awareness alongside other youth,
- Become a climate action leader in the community,
- Gain valuable leadership and organizational skills,
- Meet Museum staff and volunteers and experience the cool things that the Museum has to offer,
- Enjoy snacks during in-person meetings,
- Meet like-minded individuals and expand your network,
- Receive a certificate of participation at the end of the program.