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The Edible Art Project: Grow, Stop, Think, and Talk

By IMPACT! Youth Program

Richard Norton, an IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training alumnus, recently took some time to share his story about how he was impacted by the IMPACT! training he received and to tell us about the project he is launching this spring.

Can you tell us about your IMPACT! experience?

I first heard about IMPACT! in high school and kept it in mind. I applied to a workshop in Guelph and I didn’t know what to expect.


I can easily say it was one of the best weekends of my life. It really made it…

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 What happens when you bring together 45 youth sustainability leaders for a weekend of training and empowerment? You get 45 plans of action for sustainable leadership with leaders who have started implementing them to make an impact in their communities.

Champions Guelph 2015

From February 27 to March 1, 2015, young sustainability leaders from Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Toronto, and as far away as Sherbrooke, Quebec descended upon Guelph for three days of training to deepen their understanding of…

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The Power of Food Begins at Mile Zero

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The choices we make about food dictate our health, shape our communities, and impact the environment. Seed by Seed, a non-profit organization and IMPACT! Fund recipients in both 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, strives to empower youth to reconnect with their food and become catalysts of positive change.

We recently asked Danielle Prapavessis, an alumna from IMPACT! Ottawa Champion 2013 and one of the founders of Seed by Seed, to share a bit about their story.

Can you briefly describe your project?

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IMPACT! 2014 Conference attendees taking action!

By IMPACT! Youth Program

Six months after the IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership, the 177 youth sustainability leaders who attended are well on their way to making real and tangible impacts in their communities.

In a recent post-conference survey, 74% of the respondents said that they have taken action following the IMPACT! Conference, and those actions involved nearly 3500 people.

Some of their projects, actions, and direct involvement have encompassed community gardens, energy, shoe recycling, po…

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Turning project ideas into reality

By IMPACT! Youth Program

Almost forty passionate, emerging, sustainability leaders gathered in Ottawa in November for a three-day IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training program. The Co-operators and The Natural Step Canada have partnered together to offer a transformational experience to support passionate and motived youth who seek to be catalysts of change in their communities.

"…turning my project seed into a series of concrete steps and actions"

Opportunities for networking, inspiring one another, diving…

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Season's Greetings!

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Thank you!

By IMPACT! Youth Program

It's because of each and every one of you that IMPACT! is named Top Project for 2015 by Canada's Clean50. Thank you for your commitment! 

See the press release.


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What have you done?

By IMPACT! Youth Program

The summary report from the 2014 IMPACT! Conference has just been released! Did you see yourself on pages 34-35?

Please share the report widely. Your great ideas and inspiration shouldn't be contained.

Also, we'd love to hear about your summer. What personal commitments have you put into action to build a sustainable society? Keep us posted, and we'll keep the ideas flowing to support one another.


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Interns with IMPACT! Work Opportunity

By IMPACT! Youth Program

Looking for work experience relevant to sustainability?

In 2011, The Co-operators Foundation partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) where IMPACT! alumni can apply to internships with the DSF.

The current internship opportunities are posted here. Two positions are available, one in Vancouver (English) and one in Montreal (bilingual).

What's kind of experience will you get? Check out this blog by a participant in the program.

Good luck!


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What is ProAction Cafe?

By Tom Ewart

This video explains the ProAction Cafe.


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  • The Power of Food Be…
    Rebekah Churchyard says:
    Hey Danielle,
    Thank you for your response! I will keep an eye and an ear out for Green Thumbs and Seed by Seed; great website!
    -Rebekah
    5 weeks ago
  • The Power of Food Be…
    Danielle Prapavessis says:
    Hey Rebekah! We have done a little restructuring with our summer plans- and will instead be doing our worskhops in partnership with Green Thumbs, a Toronto based organization that focuses on gardening and environmental programming to youth! You can read more about them at their website here: http://www.kidsgrowing.ca/. We are also organizing 5…
    6 weeks ago
  • The Power of Food Be…
    Rebekah Churchyard says:
    This is inspiring! When are you coming to University of Toronto? I tried to search it on the web but no luck! I would love to come out and support the initiative.
    -Rebekah
    6 weeks ago

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