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Do you want to inspire your students to take action to protect the environment even after the bell rings?

YRE Canada gives your students the opportunity to develop their communication, presentation, team work, critical thinking and leadership skills, while giving them a deeper understanding about environmental issues and social responsibility.

The program is an excellent fit for a number of classroom subjects, including:

  • Geography
  • English and Writer’s Craft
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Art or Media Studies
  • Communications Technology

Your students can enter their work into an annual national competition for a chance to win great prizes.

Learn more about us

This short presentation gives you and your students an introduction to Environmental Defence, the YRE Canada program, and this year’s theme: “Your Solution to Plastic Pollution.”


Instructional Videos

These short, engaging videos can help inspire your students to begin crafting their environmental stories.

Writing 101

Photography 101

Videography 101

Young Reporters Handbooks

These tools offer quick tips from experts to help your students to start practicing writing, taking photos, or filming like a journalist. They can be used by individuals or in the classroom.

Writing Handbook

16 pages of tips on writing about the environment.

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Photographers Handbook

16 pages on how to take great photos of the natural world.

Download PDF

Videographers Handbook

Guide to filming like an environmental journalist.

Download PDF

 

Other Classroom Materials

 

Judging Criteria

 

Materials for Ontario Classrooms

Previous Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

First Place Winners

Ages 15-18

Ria Chakraborty and Elin Liu

Bloor Collegiate Institute
(Toronto, Ont. )

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Wayne Zhang, Daniel Ruttan, and Andrew Cui

Seaquam Seconday School
(Delta, B.C.)

Category: video

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Ages 15-18

Ben Waese-Perlman and Liam Kane Meilleur

Bloor Collegiate Institute
(Toronto, Ont.)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Sophia Schultz

Heritage Christian Online School
(Fort Langley, B.C.)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Abhayjeet Sachal Singh & Faith Carswell

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, B.C. )

Category: photo

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Ages 11-14

Alexia Giannaris

Don Valley Middle School
(Toronto, Ont.)

Category: photo

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

Second Place Winners

Ages 15-18

Anna Wood and Emily Hunt

St. Ignatius High School
(Thunder Bay, Ont.)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Aminah Reza

Sir William Gage MS
(Brampton, Ont.)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Pranav Agnihotri, Dryden Wiebe, and Sarvan Gill

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, B.C. )

Category: photo

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Ages 15-18

Himani Sangamesh, Samia Anwar, and Yusra Chowdhury

Bloor Collegiate Institute
(Toronto, Ont.)

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Aly Ezzerlarab, Ajey Thevarajah, and Kelvin Wong

Don Valley Middle School
(Toronto, Ont.)

Category: video

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

Third Place Winners

Ages 11-14

Samriddhi Singh

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, B.C. )

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Mariah Toset, Victoria Zieroth, and Sara Dominelli

St. Ignatius High School
(Thunder Bay, Ont.)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Tajratan Dhillon

Sir William Gage Middle School
(Brampton, Ont.)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Muhammad Huzaifa Wahla, Mushin Khan, and Muhammad Umer Gundhra

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, B.C. )

Category: photo

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Ages 15-18

Emily Scocchia and Jillian D’Angelo

St. Ignatius High School
(Thunder Bay, Ont.)

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Emily Gauthier, Taitum Olfert, and Sierra Lamontagne

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, B.C.)

Category: video

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Congratulations to the Canadian entries that placed in the top three in the 2017 international Young Reporters for the Environment competition. This prestigious competition, organized by the Foundation for Environmental Education, receives entries every year from more than 25 countries around the world.

International Winners

Ages 11-14 (Honourable Mention)

Sophia Schultz

Heritage Christian Online School
(Fort Langley, B.C.)

Category: article

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"YRE Canada has had immediate impact in my classroom with regards to student engagement, exposure to environmental issues and a direct link to the Ministry of Education curriculum expectations. But most important, it provides experiential learning, where students see the real world potential from the media products they create. The program provides an incredible opportunity for students to see, at a young age, the potential in a career in environmental journalism."

- Josh Shultz, communications technology teacher (Toronto, ON)

Questions?

Contact us for more information about how you can incorporate YRE Canada into your classroom or for a free introduction session.

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