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Our generation is facing down a triple crisis of climate, energy and the economy, we are also presented with a chance for real change. We have the opportunity to shift and redefine the political, economic and social structures that created this crisis. Change that makes the future, our future, not just cleaner and greener, but more just and equitable for people around the globe. In Canada politicians either cannot or simply refuse to, take real action when it comes to the climate. Instead of funding accessible postsecondary education, or job training programs for a new green economy, they are mortgaging our generation to defend dirty energy, keeping Canada at the starting line while other nations start to lap us in the race to a clean energy future. So how do we change this? We need to get back to basics. The solutions we need exist, solutions that reflect exactly what our generation is great at – innovation, creativity and thinking outside of the box. But, in order to make these solutions into reality we need to organize, we need to teach one another and we need to learn from each other and from those people living on the front-lines of this crisis. In short, we need to come together like never before and build this movement. The solution never has and never will lie with the politicians, political parties or corporations. It lies in us, we are the force that will create this change. What happens this December in Durban depends on what we do over the coming months, but my money is on us. Dirty energy, money and politics don’t stand a chance against the power of an entire generation. This is our future that we’re talking about, and its time to start acting like it. - Cameron Fenton CYCC National Director
About the CYCC
On the weekend of September 8-10, 2006, 45 youth organizations from across Canada came together to form the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition - to stand united for a sensible climate future. The first meeting brought together 60 young people. Immediately following the founding meeting, local groups of volunteers developed in Ottawa and Edmonton, with the aid of CYCC founding members. Through these groups and with the guidance of a dedicated volunteer Council, the CYCC became newsmakers. The Canadian Youth Climate Coalition is a united front of youth from across Canada tackling the biggest challenge of our generation, the climate crisis. Acting locally, provincially, federally, and internationally, we combine our forces to educate and empower youth. We organize campaigns and actions to create the change the need to see in the world. Working in schools and communities from coast to coast to coast, we are calling for and building a just and prosperous transition to the new Canada we all need to see.
...and we need your help
Join the Volunteer Team
The CYCC has always been an organization defined by the amazing work of a team of diverse, dedicated volunteers from all across Canada. We know that every city, every campus, and every community in between is home to the next generation of change-makers, and that together we have the power to create a real, lasting shift that ensures that not only ours, but future generations, inherit a liveable planet. In 2012, our plan is transform the energy and imagination of youth into the movement we need. We want to reach out like never before and empower youth across this country to join together and take action. In order to do this we are building a national team of organizers to constantly grow movement. Are you interested? Good.
What to expect
- Each volunteer organizer will work in their community or on campus with the CYCC on a specific project or campaign, or with the CYCC national office on organizational projects - You will have the opportunity to attend conferences and events as representatives of your community and the CYCC - Organizers will have the opportunity to attend trainings to develop their different skills sets, from fundraising to climate policy, from non-violent action to green jobs - You will be joining a team where relationships are based on shared dedication, respect, support and empowerment - An amazing and challenging chance to make a difference and empower other youth
What you need to commit
- 5-10 hours of volunteer time per week, - Commitment and excitement to work as part of a dynamic, constantly growing team of dedicated individuals - A willingness to take on tasks and an ability to meet deadlines - Great ideas for the development of the youth climate movement
How to apply
Email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
The first round of applications will close on April 1st, 2012, and will be conisdered on a rolling basis.
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Clean Energy Campuses Campus Campaigners
The CYCC recently launched our Clean Energy Campuses campaign, a campaign to declare campuses acrosss Canada free from the influence of climate change causing fossil fuel corporations. We need you to make this happen.
Opportunity: Clean Energy Campus Campaigners will work at their school to start up Clean Energy Campus campaigns. Using a diverse range of tools, campaigners will build awareness on their campus and push to sign their student government onto the campaign. Campaigners will develop a wide range of skills from outreach and organization building to media and creative action skills. They will have a chance to work and organizing locally on a national campaign and have the ability to put their stamp on the campaign at thier school. Campus Campaigns will be designed in conjunction with national organizers to maximize the impact of the campaign on each campus and build power among students at communit members. Key Responsibilities: - Implementation of Clean Energy Campus Campaign - Establishment of CYCC presence on campus and development of campaign team - Work closely with the CYCC and other campus coordinators on nationally coordinated campaign Essential Skills - Excellent communication skills, both oral and written - Strong interpersonal skills - A passion for bringing new people into the youth climate movement, and for empowering, inspiring and supporting them to take part. - Some knowledge of the tar sands Assets - Previous experience working with students - Previous experience organizing - Experience building organizations - Experience working in consensus based decision making
Le CCJC se travaille fort pour améliorer notre capacité d’organisation bilingue. Si vous avez l’expérience avec la traduction, ou vous avez intéressés à travailler sur l’une des ces groupes de travail en francais, entrer en contact avec le directeur nationale.
Online Team Web Designers
For many people, their first interaction with the CYCC is through our web presence. Our online team will work to develop a dynamic and engaging web presence that engages and empowers youth online to join us and take action in their communities.
Opportunity: Key Responsibilities: - Redesign of CYCC website and online presence - Transition to most effective web platform Essential Skills - Experience in Web Design - Creativity and forward thinking - A desire to make your mark online Assets - Compétences de communication en français - Previous website managment/creation experience - Experience with creating online campaigning platforms - Experience with creating/managing list-serves and newsletters - Experience working in consensus based decision making
Online Team Social Media Coordinators
The CYCC Outreach Working Group expands our reach, engaging with youth across Canada to truly make the CYCC representative of the youth climate movement across the country. They also work to connect with other organizations, spread the word about trainings and promote events.
Opportunity: Social Media allows us to reach out to and connect with thousands of people across Canada and the world. Our Social Media Coordinators will work to develop our presence on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Flikr and others to connect youth with the CYCC and provide them with the first step towards taking action. We want social media to take youth across Canada from in front of computer screens out into their communities. Key Responsibilities: - Upkeep and operation of social media platforms - Promoting CYCC through social media - Developing and implementing social media strategy as a part of all CYCC campaigns and projects Essential Skills - Experience working with social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc...) - Strong writing skills Assets - Compétences de communication en français - Experience with or training on using social media for campaigning - Knowledge of social media sites without current CYCC presence - Web design/website maintenance skills - Experience working in consensus based decision making
Outreach Team Regional Coordinators
Have a passion for raising a ruckus? Our regional coordinators work closely with the National Director to mobilize youth in their community to build the youth climate movement. Regional coordinators work on outreach events, local actions and local media work to engage youth in their community.
Opportunity: The CYCC is an empowering, engaging and strategic organization. We work to tell the story of the changes we need to transform our ideal future into a reality. Working on the Outreach team you will have a chance to develop and carry out local mobilization plans to build this movement. You will also have the opportunity to attend and organize trainings and strategy sessions, developing your own skills as an organizer. Key Responsibilities: - Organize youth locally to carry out actions - Organize local outreach events - Represent the CYCC at conferences and speaking events - Represent the CYCC to local media Essential Skills - Experience organizing actions or events - Strong communication skills Assets - Compétences de communication en français - Experience or training in Non-Violent Direct Action - Experience giving media interviews - General media experience - Experience working in consensus based decision making
Want to become a trainer?
Creating a great team means training a great team, and for that we need trainers. If you have experience as a non-violent action trainer, media trainer, facilitation trainer, or anything else trainer that you think might be necessary to building our team drop us a line. We will be running a number of trainings, camps and other events across the country throughout 2012 and would love to have you on our training team.
Fundraising Group Regional Coordinators
The CYCC runs on donations, our work is dependent on funding we secure through grants, donations and partnerships with our allies. The Fundraising Group will work on developing and implementing fundraising strategies.
Opportunity: Fundraising is arguably the most important position on the team, since all the others rely on it. Fundraising coordinators work with the National Director to identify opportunities to access funds through grants, potential donors, and local partnerships. And remember, skilled fundraisers are always in demand! Experience with this team will help you with all sorts of projects and campaigns you might be a part of in the future. Key Responsibilities: - Co-chair fundraising working group - Identify funding opportunities - Assist with funding applications - Working on securing project specific funding with actions/campaigns Essential Skills - Excellent written communication. - Excellent research skills. - Ability to work to short deadlines. - Ability to learn quickly Assets - Compétences de communication en français - Previous experience fundraising for a campaigning organisation. - Previous experience in writing funding applications. - An appreciation of the various sources of funding. - Ability to work within a team and alongside the other fundraising officers.
Research Research Interns
What do the letters ATIP mean to you? Can you dig through piles of paper to track down those few nuggets of information held within? If you have a passion for investigation and communication our research team needs you!
Opportunity: As a Research Intern for the CYCC, you are a bullshit detector and translator for youth across Canada. You transfrom jargon loaded texts into easy to understand concepts, and provide the basis for critical analysis and debate of real and false solutions to the climate crisis. The Research Team works together to develop reports and primers for CYCC campaigns, investigating issues like fossil fuel subsidies, big oil’s influence on our campuses, and more. Key Responsibilities: - Research and create reports for CYCC campaigns - Filing ATIP requests relateds to CYCC work - Developing internal knowledge of issues and solutions for the development of external communications Essential Skills - Some knowledge/experiece with climate change policy in Canada - Strong communication skills, written and oral - Strong research skills Assets - Compétences de communication en français - Experience developing popular education materials - Investigative research experience - Experience working in consensus based decision making
Wings of Change Workshop Facilitator
Are you interested in popular education? Wings of Change is a justice-based climate workshop that combines enthusiastic facilitation, a multimedia presentation (video, audio & images), interactive activities, discussion, and art. Through this diverse approach participants examine climate change from the science to the human impacts and discover their political voice and our individual and collective capacities to effect change.
Opportunity: As a facilitator you’ll be on the front lines of a growing climate movement, bringing students a for-youth, by-youth perspective on the science and the social justice issues of the climate crisis. The Wings of Change team brings climate education into high schools, youth conferences and community groups. Key Responsibilities: - Dedicating time to training and learning workshop goals/material - Delivering workshops to classrooms and community groups in your community - Continued engagement in youth climate issues to keep the workshop current and dynamic - Blogging & workshop tracking Essential Skills - Excellent communication skills - Confident public speaking - Enthusiasm for peer-to-peer education - Understanding of basic climate science and concept of climate justice Assets - Compétences de communication en français - Experience developing popular education materials - Experience working with high school students - Basic web skills