How youth get involved
Panel members work with BYTE – Empowering Youth Society and with the Government of Yukon to come up with activities that best fit their interests and skills.
Panel members have opportunities to:
- participate in activities that build leadership and life skills, and education related to climate change issues across the Yukon;
- engage with young people across the Yukon on issues related to climate change, energy and a green economy;
- provide youth with a voice and an opportunity to offer their insight to the Yukon public, Yukon youth and to help programs and policies that the Yukon is undertaking to fight climate change; and
- support youth to learn about climate change and take meaningful action.
How to apply
To apply, you must:
- be between the ages of 13 and 25 at the time of submitting an application;
- be enrolled in a Yukon school, or be a Yukon resident attending a college or university outside the Yukon or have lived in the Yukon for at least 1 year;
- not be employed by the Government of Yukon in a position with direct responsibilities related to Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy; and
- be able to attend monthly virtual meetings and 3 in-person meetings a year.
- Fill out the Google document application form.
- Click the “Send” button on the top right hand corner.
The deadline to apply was January 21, 2022.
The panel selection committee will
- 1 representative from the NGO Secretariat; and
- 1 representative from an environmental NGO or a First Nations government or organization.
- make the best effort to ensure that panel membership reflects the cultural, regional, gender, age and other diversity of the Yukon; and
- recommend a list of candidates to the Government of Yukon for panel selection.
Being a panel member
Panel members will be paid monthly honorariums for their participation in meetings and in-person gatherings, and up to 2 hours of additional work per week.
We'll reimburse travel, meals, accommodation and other eligible expenses.
Length of service
Members of the 2nd Youth Panel are expected to serve until October 15, 2022, and are eligible to apply for additional terms.
What kinds of activities will the panel do
The panel will build upon the work of the previous cohort, engage in capacity building activities and add their support to the Yukon’s climate change efforts by:
- capturing the perspective and voices of Yukon youth though audio, video and social media materials that can be used in Yukon schools and at other youth events to inspire and educate people;
- hosting a youth-led climate action summit that brings together diverse Yukon perspectives; and
- planning activities and outreach opportunities at their schools, or at other Yukon events using multi-media to help build awareness and inspire Yukoners to be part of the fight against climate change.
The panel may also choose to:
- meet with the Yukon Leadership Council to share what opportunities and actions they see as most important to supporting transformative and more ambitious climate action in Yukon communities such as food security, public engagement and education campaigns; and
- sit down with the Premier and Ministers and other members of government at the end of their term to share what they learned and accomplished.
The panel’s activities must be completed no later than October 15, 2022.
Why choose youth 13 to 25?
We want to be as inclusive as possible in establishing youth panels, while acknowledging the significant amount of responsibility and work that panel members undertake in this role.
Youth Panel recommendations
The 1st Youth Panel issued their recommendations in October 2021. The Government of Yukon considered the recommendations and how those can help inform future climate actions.
Read the recommendations published on the BYTE – Empowering Youth Society website.
Read the government’s March 8, 2022, response to the panel’s 27 recommendations.
What's Our Clean Future?
Our Clean Future is a 10-year strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy developed in partnership by the Government of Yukon, Yukon First Nations, transboundary Indigenous groups and Yukon municipalities.
The strategy focuses on:
- reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
- ensuring access to reliable, affordable and renewable energy;
- adapting to impacts of climate change; and
- building a green economy.