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.

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Other Classroom Materials

 

Judging Criteria

 

Materials for Ontario Classrooms

Previous Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 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 11-14

Hamidah Oderinwale

Sir William Gage Middle School
(Brampton, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Karman Kapoor

Treeline Public School
(Brampton, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 11-14

Gurleen Bhandal, Navreen Sekhon & Soumil Walia

Seaquam Secondary
(North Delta, BC)

Category: video

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Ages 15-18

Diane Huang

Gleneagle Secondary School
(Coquitlam, BC)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Luckshana Ganeshananda

Emily Carr Secondary School
(Vaughan, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 15-18

Janelle Feng

Gleneagle Secondary
(Coquitlam, BC)

Category: video

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 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 11-14

Arham Ali

Morning Star Middle School
(Brampton, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Komal Kainth

Treeline Public School
(Brampton, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 11-14

Jasmeen Grewal & Karena Kular

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, BC)

Category: video

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Ages 15-18

Emmalee Barrett

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, BC)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Sidney Shaw

Unionville High School
(Markham, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 15-18

Erica Johnston & Lily Whittle

Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Seconday School
(Bracebridge, ON)

Category: video

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 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

Kira Patel

Morning Star Middle School
(Mississauga, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Harguntoj Thind

Treeline Public School
(Brampton, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 15-18

Bella Todd

St. John's College
(Brantford, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Angelica Longobardi

Emily Carr Secondary School
(Woodbridge, ON)

Category: photo

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Congratulations to the Canadian entries that placed in the top three in the 2018 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 15-18 (First Place)

Ivy Wang

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, BC)

Category: video

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Ages 15-18 (3rd Place)

Gabrielle Michael

Holy Name of Mary College School
(Mississauga, ON)

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.