Toronto is covers a highly populated chapter of Sustainable Youth Canada, covering the entire Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Currently, we have an active chapter in York overseeing the various activities and initiatives happening in this region to:
Establish and maintain the Canadian Sustainable Youth Registry for the GTA and connect passionate youth with sustainability opportunities in the region.
Lead local initiatives in Toronto to positively affect energy and environmental sustainability through engaging in student-led community events.
Hold fundraisers to engage with the public while supporting charities for sustainability.
Partner with local organizations to bridge the gap between partner organizations seeking help and volunteers seeking opportunities to get involved with sustainability.
We are seeking for new members to volunteer with us, so if you are interested in getting involved, please apply here. We look forward to having you join us!
What's Happening in SYC Toronto?
The Toronto Region of SYC was established late summer in 2014, and included members from over the entire Greater Toronto Area (GTA). SYC had been working towards reaching out towards other environmental groups as well as creating its own identity in the region. However, during 2020, our chapter dissolved in Toronto due to the global pandemic impacting people's attendance in high schools and universities. We are now working on re-establishing this region. We have a chapter in York which is part of the Greater Toronto Area. If you are interested in re-establishing this region, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Director of York: Olivia Budweth
Olivia Budweth is a Grade 10 Student at the Country Day School in King City. She has a specific passion for sustainable solutions in environmental engineering and has been an advocate for policy change since she was young, instigating change in and around her community. Recently, she has worked at her school to create green initiatives protecting native species and spreading awareness about sustainability issues. She has done research specifically on low-impact, environmentally friendly agriculture equipment and thoroughly enjoys making a positive impact while collaborating with other youth. She is also passionate about social justice and community giving, leading various groups on her school’s Student Leadership Council. In her free time, she enjoys reading about a variety of subjects, specifically science, and playing many competitive sports. Recently elected to start an affiliated region in York Region, Olivia is excited to start working with SYC!
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History of SYC in Toronto
In 2016, SYC Toronto hosted a winter forum at Havergal College. There were a variety of speakers, including Nobel Prize winner Dr. Brad Bass. The speakers presented many ideas and issues about green urban planning and ways in which average citizens can make a difference. SYC Toronto also attended a GMO conference in the May of 2015, and presented information about our organization to several students. The conference, held at University of Toronto Scarborough, turned out to be a fantastic opportunity for all attendees and a lifelong learning experience. SYC has worked together with TYEC - the Toronto Youth Environmental Council to prepare a coffeehouse event on March 5, 2015.
This event combines environmental issues with different forms of art to create an entertaining evening for guests. This event turned out to be very successful, a variety of performers were able to show a global perspective about the environment, bringing many acts from several different cultures.In the coming months, SYC has many exciting events and collaborations planned! SYC Toronto has teamed with Peel Environmental Youth Alliance to provide a station at their Amazing Green Race 2016. The event took place on May 21, 2016 and SYC members are continually working towards its success. On April 3 2016, SYC Toronto made an appearance at the Impulse business pitch competition created by the Youth Environmental Network of York Region.
On April 15 2017, SYC Toronto held its first Sustainability Fair at Metro Hall. Various environmental NGOs, associations and agencies were invited to set up a booth and share opportunities with attendees.
In August 2017, SYC Toronto was invited to attend the first Networking Nights conference. Several ambitious youth shared their incredible start-up ideas, from enhancing the student financial world to fundraising for sustainable farming of Avocados through a clothing brand.