August 2020 Newsletter

As the summer draws to an end and students head back to class, both remotely and in-person, Be the Change is committed to supporting teachers and empowering students during these unprecedented times. We are focused on being nimble and adaptive to the ever-evolving circumstances. And we have some exciting updates ahead of the school year! 

Be the Change’s New Website 

Be the Change’s website makeover is complete! Our new website is more visually appealing and user-friendly for teachers, students and community members. Check out the new website!

New SLC Resources

After a busy summer, Be the Change is excited to announce a series of FREE, new online learning resources for the 2020/21 school year as part of our flagship Student Leadership for Change (SLC) program. Check out some highlights below!

Climate Change Infographics

Over the summer, Be the Change developed a collection of two-page infographics introducing concise key facts, statistics, concepts and impacts for 15 different climate change topics, such as: climate justice, deforestation, sustainable consumption and much more. Each infographic empowers hope and further action for students by including links to groups and organizations, including Indigenous Peoples organizations, making a positive change and impact locally, nationally and internationally. These infographics are also visually appealing, easy-to-use and applicable across a range of courses, grades, and lesson types. If you’re registered to use SLC, you can access the infographics here

Launching Soon: Public Health and Healthy Cities Action Packs

Be the Change will soon be launching two new SLC Action Packs: Public Health and Healthy Cities Action Packs. These new Action Packs will provide online learning resources that teachers can deliver to their students, whether it be through remote, in-person or mixed learning. The Public Health and Healthy Cities Action Packs are focused on providing students with solutions- and action-oriented learning on environmental, health and social justice topics. They are also designed to be flexible, accessible and engaging for diverse learners throughout a wide range of courses and grades. 

Our new Public Health and Healthy Cities Action Packs help students build relevant knowledge and Core Competencies on questions such as:

  • What do terms such as public health, community health and urban health refer to?  
  • What is a pandemic (e.g., COVID-19)? How do they originate, and how can they be addressed? 
  • What are the social and ecological determinants of health?  
  • What actions can individuals take towards preventing health and wellbeing problems?  
  • What actions can individuals and households take to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of themselves and their community?  

Those are all the updates for now! A reminder: support from donors is essential for us to continue our work empowering students during these challenges times. Please donate today!

Warmly,
George Radner

Our Supporters

  • City of Vancouver
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  • The Humber Foundation
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  • Environment Canada
  • Vancouver School Board
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  • Service Canada
  • Delta School District
  • Vancouver Foundation
  • HSN
  • Multifaith Action Society
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  • Expedition Engineering
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  • Real Estate Foundation
  • Telus
  • CASJ
  • Burnaby School District
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  • BC Teachers for Peace & Global Education
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  • Richmond School District
  • British Columbia
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