DeforestACTION is a global movement of youth and schools taking action to stop deforestation and create a permanent habitat for orangutans and other species that depend on forest ecosystems. The program connects youth, students and educators in collaborative learning about deforestation through the DeforestACTION virtual classroom and live webinars where students hear from guest speakers and interact with their global peers. From here, students turn their learning into action to lead fundraising and awareness-raising initiatives that highlight the causes and impact of deforestation in their communities. This work is showcased to a global audience through school action hubs and international video conferences. To date, over 18,000 students have supported conservation and animal rehabilitation efforts through DeforestACTION.
Offered in partnership by TakingITGlobal and the Centre for Global Education, the Global Encounters program brings together students from around the world through live video conferences that explore global issues and the potential youth have to shape a better common future. Leading up to each video conference, students are given the opportunity to participate in a content-rich interactive TakingITGlobal virtual classroom with graduate student mentors and peers around the world. The virtual classroom prepares students for active and informed participation in the live event. The Global Encounters experience culminates in an international video conference that connects participating students with engaging keynote speakers and share questions, ideas, and reflections in real time.
Tread Lightly is a free climate change education and engagement program offered with the generous support of the Staples Foundation®. Tread Lightly features innovative online educational tools and resources designed to empower youth to reduce their ecological footprints and take action on climate change. There are a number of ways to get involved: download the teacher toolkit to obtain a set of interdisciplinary educational activities for secondary school students; create a virtual classroom to engage students in online learning and collaborate with other classrooms; and participate in international video conferences with your students to hear from guest speakers and interact with other classes around the globe. Students can get involved by measuring their own carbon footprints with the Carbon Footprint Calculator, using the Tread Lightly Challenge platform to make commitments to a greener world, and expressing their artistic sides by submitting to the Imprints Art Collection.
The Sprout e-course equips youth around the world with project management skills essential to developing and implementing effective social innovation projects in their communities. Through facilitated online learning, Sprout builds concrete skills to support the design, planning, and execution of sustainable value-focused projects. With the generous support of The Pearson Foundation, select participants in the Spout e-course are eligible to receive funding to launch their project ideas. The Pearson Fellowship for Social Innovation is awarded to young people with the most promising and well-prepared plans for community projects developed during the Sprout E-course. Twenty Fellows will each receive a $1,000 award along with coaching, strategic tools and resources, and networking opportunities.
Change Inc. is a pilot project offering training and mentorship to young Ontarians aged 16-25 in order to craft effective social innovation projects. Through a 9-week e-course or 1-day workshop enterprising youth develop essential skills in team building, project management, communications and leveraging technology to grow social initiatives. The top 15% of all workshop and e-course participants are then selected to participate in an e-mentoring program matched with a peer and established young social entrepreneur. (The Change Inc. program is scheduled to wrap on May 31, 2012.)
Shout is a multi-year global education initiative offering webinars and projects for both educators and students worldwide. In collaboration with Microsoft Partners in Learning and the Smithsonian Institution, Shout invites students and educators to take an active role in tackling global environmental issues. Shout gives participants a framework for success with educational resources and tools for exercising social responsibility, while building collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Through online conferencing, participants can expect to hear from specialist Smithsonian scientists and educators, view and participate in tutorials on how best to incorporate technology tools such as apps, games and interactive presentations into Shout learning activities, and be provided the opportunity to kick start their very own Shout global project.