British Council Global Changemakers Program
Global Changemakers is a program of the British Council, the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations. Global Changemakers was founded in 2007 when six young activists, brought together by the British Council, were invited to lend the ‘voice of youth’ to the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. Since then, the network has grown to a community of over 730 Changemakers in 121 countries world-wide. The mission of the programme is to empower youth to catalyse positive social change. It has expanded since its inception, and is now built on three pillars: Learning, Doing and Advocacy. Global Changemakers supports grassroots projects called Community Action Projects designed and run by Changemakers by providing initial funding and mentoring. These projects cover a vast range of topics – from advocacy and awareness-raising on issues such as climate change, HIV/AIDS and gender equality to projects that confront social challenges like hunger, poverty and unemployment. Global Changemakers is a vibrant community of young activists, volunteers and social entrepreneurs.
Envirothon gets students outdoors, to experience nature first hand and hands on! Envirothon is a unique team competition that rewards students for learning about the natural world around them. Local conservation organizations partner to provide students with interactive field trips and workshops to help them understand forests, soils, wildlife, aquatic ecosystems and the human impact on all of the things we value in nature. Envirothon uses field testing to develop critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills. Every year, a legacy project is also implemented to help improve the environment. Ontario Envirothon's goal is "to build environmental awareness and leadership among young people through practical, hands-on educational experiences, enabling them to make informed, responsible decisions that benefit the earth and society."