get connected >

Youth Conferences

Climate Change Connection has provided tailor-made conferences for youth across Manitoba since 2004.

Youth Conferences on Climate Change have three objectives:

  • Educate participants about climate change science, impacts, and solutions
  • Motivate participants into taking action
  • Activate participants with the tools to successfully make change in their personal lives, schools, and communities.

top of page

Host a Youth Conference on Climate Change

Here is your chance to educate, motivate, and activate the students at your school to take action on climate change.

It is easy and will have a lasting impact.

Fill out an APPLICATION FORM here.

Schools will be accepted first-come first-serve.


top of page

Why youth?

Our youth will inherit climate change. Although impacts are being felt now, more troubling effects are projected to occur in the next 50 -100 years.

What can youth expect? More severe weather events, the spread of disease, and water shortages, to name a few. Youth will inherit the outcomes of all our current decisions and actions to address climate change.

Finally, youth will inherit the habits and mindsets that led to climate change unless they understand how greenhouse gas emissions - individual and societal - are created, and how they can be reduced.

They need the information and skills to communicate their stand on climate change, as well as be a part of the solution, now and in the future.

top of page

What happens at the conference?

Youth Conferences are day-long events.  The day can be tailored to the schools wants and needs. 

Here is an example of a successful conference: 

During the morning, the participants hear from experts about climate change issues, impacts, and solutions.  The morning also consists of interactive games and personal pledges.

During the afternoon, the students focus on skill building and action planning.  The afternoon provides participants with lots of time to interact, work in groups, and learn how they can take action at home and in their schools. 


top of page

Who should attend? 

If the conference is at your school, you can decide the number of students and who is invited.  Some schools like to select students to attend (one grade, class representatives, geography students, etc.)  and others have provided the conference for the whole school.  Both ways work fine.  Some sessions selected would require small group numbers but we can make anything work.

top of page

How much does the conference cost?

Most conferences will have minimal cost.  Typically, lunches for partipants has been the largest cost.  We like to provide a local, organic, fair-trade lunch to stick with the theme of the conference.

Climate Change Connection will share costs with host schools.  In the past, the average cost to the school was 0$-$750.

top of page

Handout documents

These are one-sheet hand-out documents or made available during recent Youth Conferences:




To see presentations made in past conferences, click here.

To see activities from past conferences, click here.

Click here to download a copy of the very useful Climate Change Youth Guide Into Action booklet (3.6 MB PDF) from Taking It Global.

top of page

Past Conferences

Here are the conferences we have held:

  • St.John's Ravenscourt Grade 9 Conference (St. John's Ravenscourt, Winnipeg, MB) - May 14, 2013
  • Sisler Youth Sustainability Conference (Sisler High School, Winnipeg, MB) - April 24, 2013
  • Carman Youth Conference on Climate Change (Carman Collegiate, Carman, MB) - February 28th, 2013
  • GreenSpace (University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB) - November 30th, 2012
  • Grant Park Youth Conference (Grant Park High School, Winnipeg, MB) - April 27, 2011
  • Daniel McIntyre Youth Conference (Daniel McIntyre High School) - April 20, 2011
  • Tec Voc Youth Conference (Tec Voc High School, Winnipeg, MB) - April 4, 2011
  • Elie Youth Conference (St Paul's High School, Elie, MB) - March 24, 2011
  • Maples Youth Conference (Maples Collegiate High School) - January 14, 2011
  • Elmwood Youth Conference (Elmwood High School) - December 2, 2010
  • Sisler Youth Conference (Sisler High School) - April 22, 2010
  • Arctic Climate Change Youth Forum (Winnipeg) - February 5th, 2010
  • North Central Manitoba (Onanole) Youth Climate Change and Leadership Conference - September 25, 2009
  • Learning for a Sustainable Future Conference (Sisler High School) - April 30, 2009
  • South Central Manitoba (Manitou) Youth Conference on Climate Change - April 13, 2009
  • University of Winnipeg Take Action on Climate Change - Dec 12, 2008
  • University of Winnipeg Youth Conference on Climate Change - Dec 5, 2008
  • Western Manitoba (Neepawa) Youth Conference on Climate Change - Mar 13, 2008
  • St.James Assiniboine, Pembina Trails, & Louis Riel School Divisions - Dec 7, 2007
  • River East Transcona, Seven Oaks, & Winnipeg School Divisions - Nov 30, 2007
  • Eastern Manitoba (Beausejour) Youth Conference on Climate Change - Mar 9, 2007
  • University of Winnipeg Youth Conference on Climate Change - Dec 15, 2006
  • Western Manitoba Youth Declaration on Climate Change – Feb 24, 2006
  • Pembina Valley Youth Declaration on Climate Change – Feb 10, 2006
  • Winnipeg Youth contribute to COP 11/MOP 1 - Nov 25, 2005