Yesterday was a very exciting day for the YRE Canada program, as we hosted our first ever national workshop.

Twenty-two students and their teachers participated in the workshop, which took place at Victoria College in Toronto. During the day, they learned more about investigating, and thinking critically about, local environmental issues.

The students won an invitation after placing in the top three in their respective categories in the 2015 national YRE Canada competition. For the competition, the students had to submit an article, photo, or video exploring local waste management and litter issues.

During the day, the students heard stories and received mentorship from environmentalists and journalists to help them hone their skills. In the morning, Tim Gray, Executive Director for Environmental Defence, spoke about how he got started in the environmental sector. YRE alum, Kristin Rodrigo then talked about how she got involved in the program and why she’s still involved. They were followed up by The Water Brothers who shared their experiences as filmmakers exploring water issues around the world.

In the afternoon, the students had an opportunity to learn from an expert on their preferred medium. Adria Vasil, from NOW Magazine, led the article session, Charlsie Agro, from CBC Toronto, led the video session, and Johan Hallberg-Campbell led the photography session. The students then headed to University of Toronto, St. George campus to put their newly learned skills into action.

Overall, it was an incredible day of sharing ideas, learning, new friendships, and gaining more leadership skills. Stay tuned for more photos and a video from the event!

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