June 2020 Newsletter

Can you believe it’s already mid-June? This school year has flown by. We’re proud of what we were able to accomplish this year, and we’re excited for the year ahead. 

A Year in Review 

Despite unexpected challenges, this past school year has been truly inspiring. Be the Change’s impactful eco-social educational learning materials reached 415 teachers this school year. We delivered a total of 42 workshops to students, despite the shortened school year, in part through collaborating with the UBC Climate Hub. Just weeks after Covid-19 shut down schools, we launched the Climate & Connection Unit (CCU), a suite of learning resources for teachers specifically designed for remote learning. An amazing 147 teachers registered to use the resources

This school year, Be the Change supported, motivated, and empowered more than 8,500 students to take action towards a more just and sustainable world! After collecting data and running the numbers, we’ve calculated that students’ actions towards reducing their ecological footprints have diverted over 50,000 Kgs of CO2 equivalent from the atmosphere.

Where We’re Headed

Over the summer months, Be the Change will be focused on updating and upgrading our  flagship Student Leadership for Change (SLC) program. For example, we will develop new learning materials on Public Health and its intersection with other social and environmental issues, including the climate crisis. We will also expand our Experiential Learning Toolbox, which consists of experiential activities focused on developing a deeper connection to self, others and the natural world. We’re committed to continue delivering relevant, meaningful eco-social education to youth next year...and we won’t be stopped by the pandemic!

Welcome to Our New Summer Staff 

Be the Change is excited to introduce our summer Program Assistants, who will be supporting learning resource development and other initiatives in the coming months.

Rebecca Hamilton 

Rebecca is a core organizer with Sustainabiliteens, the high school climate strike movement in Metro Vancouver. She is very interested in how public education can be used to transform values and systems towards justice and sustainability, and is thrilled to be working with BTCEA! Rebecca is graduating from Lord Byng Secondary School.

Abhay Singh Sachal 

Abhay is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, studying Global Health and Peace & Conflict Studies. Abhay served as a student representative on the BTCEA Wisdom Circle in high school and was involved in piloting the Delta Youth Sustainability Network. He also runs Break The Divide, a student-led network to connect youth to personify the impacts of the climate crisis.

Thanks to support from donors, we built something beautiful this school year. To make next year even better, your support is essential. Help us navigate the tough financial times created by Covid-19 and continue empowering youth to make the world a better place! 

George Radner
Executive Director 

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