The Basin Youth Network supports youth and communities by:
- Supporting collaboration and providing resources to communities and those who work with and interact with youth.
- Developing programs to address Basin-wide priorities for youth.
- Hosting events to provide opportunities for youth to connect with each other and develop leadership skills.
- Providing multi-year funding to established community youth networks. Explore the ones closest to you.
Various programs have been developed to address Basin-wide priorities for youth, set by youth. Check out program details below.
Youth Climate Action Forum 2022
The Climate Action Forum is a unique online climate leadership development opportunity for Basin youth aged 14-18 to learn about and be inspired by the many opportunities and pathways of climate action.
This hybrid-model event has Community Youth Networks across the Columbia Basin hosting in-person events in their community while connecting with presenters and other community networks virtually. Participants may also tune-in virtually if they are unable to attend an in-person local event.
The Climate Action Forum event kicked off online and in-person throughout the Basin on February 23, 2022, followed by the Food and Climate Action Workshop hosted by The Starfish on March 2nd, 2022.
Job Readiness Workshop
This is a three-session job readiness workshop designed to ensure youth start their employment paths with strong skills. Each session provides job readiness content through group activities, reflection time, audiovisual presentations and resources to help youth through the entire job seeking process.
The workshops take place at community youth networks around the Basin. Contact your local network for details.
The Basin Youth Network Leadership Summit is an interactive weekend long event where youth from Basin communities come together to meet new people, grow as leaders and have fun.
There are no current events scheduled for the Leadership Summit.
A Leadership Journey: The First Steps teaches youth about leadership styles, public speaking and gives them tips for how to create meaningful change in their community. The workshops take place at community youth networks around the Basin. Contact your local network for details.
We know youth can sometimes feel they are under incredible amounts of stress and pressure. Sometimes they are too busy and too distracted to properly take care of themselves. We also know they are brilliant. We know they are wise and creative with an amazing amount of potential. This toolkit was created to give youth simple tools and exercises that can foster this potential and keep youth focused on the present.