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Did you know that 7/10 of Canadians agree with the demands of the youth-led climate movement?
Throughout history, youth have been at the frontlines of social movements
and once again are leading the charge when it comes to tackling the climate
crisis. Yet, sometimes it can be hard to find the right support to actually
get the work done in a world of tedious paperwork and adult-centric mindsets.
As a youth-led organization ourselves, we’ve been through these pain points too
and believe that there are new ways to reimagine and redesign these systems.
At The Youth Harbour, we’re obsessed with getting you where you need to go to
meaningfully move your mission. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re
ready to take your idea to new heights, we’re here for you. The Harbour is a
project of the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship. A youth-led, youth-serving
registered charity (801430307 RR0001).
We are committed to provide meaningful support to accelerate meaningful action.
The Youth Harbour is a place of support, convening, and collaboration for the youth-climate movement.
We are committed to building climate-resilient communities by providing, flexible, long-term support to the youth-led climate movement in the form of financial, technical, and networking assistance.
At The Youth Harbour, we focus on providing these specific types of support for youth:
We also know that you can’t just give money to an organization
or project and expect everything to work out. That’s why at The Harbour
we want to provide support to enhance your skills and capabilities and
ensure that you can keep moving forward. This means that we’re exploring
ways to resource youth through professional services too, to ensure that
they’re focused on the mission, not the burdensome administrative tasks.
And if they want to learn about the burdensome administrative tasks, they
can learn quickly on how to execute said tasks. With youth at the centre,
we engage with partners and allies in the sector to design pathways to uplift
and amplify your work. If you have an idea about how to make your life easier,
let us know.
Since youth generally come into the climate sector without the network
but are time-bound, often they are unable to make the connections at the speed that their work
requires. To break these barriers, The Harbour is committed to making the connections that we can,
bridging those with institutional knowledge to our young leaders, and offering spaces for conversation
and collaboration. We believe that we are stronger together when it comes to taking climate action.
The funding opportunities for youth are often provided in insufficient amounts or require
lengthy application processes. As a result, youth are often chasing and applying for funding that won’t fulfill their
financial needs. At The Harbour we aim to reduce the barriers to grant approval and funding opportunities.
Our strategy is to use an accessible, youth-centered application model that provides core-capacity and/or multi-year
grants that actually allow youth to make a meaningful impact. You can find out more about each of these tiers
here in our application page.
The following are principles that FES staff, colleagues, and affiliates are expected to adhere to. When
someone new enters the room, these principles are meant to guide discussions and outcomes.
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