Youth SDG Leadership Workshop

Canadian Environmental Network Published: October 9, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario
Internship Type
Hours per week
Start Date
End Date


The College and Institutes Canada (CiCan) ImpAct funding would position the RCEN to equip youth with skills to prepare them for the job market. RCEN would create an SDG Leadership Workshop for 12 youth members across Canada. This will facilitate a safe and inclusive space for learning, engagement and networking on sustainable development and capacity building with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as a tool for transformational change. Training will then equip youth participants to develop and deliver 12 smaller projects across Canada around the theme of sustainable development, capacity building and furthering the SDGs. 

The workshop would approach the SDGs as a transformational agenda for sustainable development that bridges social, economic and environmental systems. This would incorporate participants' social and professional skills that may then be used for social and environmental capacity building through an SDG lense. By teaching the SDG language, mission and ambitions along with expert mentorship and networking on project development and engagement; youth participants will be equipped to develop their own SDG projects with seed money from CiCan funding (up to $250).

The RCEN is in a strong position to provide mentorship for youth on the SDGs, particularly through our relationship with over 400 ENGOs and environmental networks across Canada provincial networks. Select network members and experts in sustainable development will be invited to develop and facilitate virtual workshops in the Youth training program on various SDG topics as an agent for change. Whenever practicable, RCEN will seek to hire youth for facilitation, support and video-production roles. Participants will also have access to RCEN network information and through our partnerships, participants will expand their personal networks and build collaborative relationships. 

The information materials produced for the workshop will then be modified and available as an open source resource for our grassroots RCEN and affiliate network members. The funding will also be used to create a youth-led SDG video featuring workshop teachings and youth projects across Canada as a source for engagement and inspiration.

Duties and responsibilities


October - 2020

  • Recruiting youth participants (application reviews, interviews and reference checks).
  • Creating virtual workshop material and resources.

November to December - 2020

  • Workshop delivery : Bi-weekly sessions/2 hr session/3-week total + Bi-weekly group Slack discussions
  • Establishing and planning SDG projects with partner organizations.
    • Timeline
    • Budget
    • Goals
    • Objectives
    • Methodology
    • Expected outcomes

January- 2021

  • Deliver SDG project with bi-monthly check in with RCEN team - 2-3hr/week
  • Finish project by end of the month.

February - 2021

  • Create written report on project through SDG lense:
    • Project outline
    • Successes
    • Barriers
    • Benefits
    • Lessons learnt 
  • Work with media team to create SDG video on youth projects
  • Create website content on youth projects and SDG capacity building successes


SDG Youth Leadership workshop

Expert facilitators - $1,000 x 5 experts = $5,000

Pro Zoom membership - $20/month x 6 months = 120$

Total - $5,120

SDG youth projects

SDG youth project - $250 x 12 projects = $3,000

Total - $3,000

Resources, materials and admin

SDG Youth video production and editing - $1,000

InDesign for one month for materials - 40$

Support staff - $840

Total - $1,880

Grand total - $10,000

Knowledge and skills

SDG Youth Leadership Workshop Modules

  1. SDG Overview - 2hr session

        Facilitated by RCEN staff.

    • What is Sustainable Development?
    • SDG language
    • Measuring and reporting
  1. SDG Interconnectivity 

              Facilitated by a field expert. Cost - 2hr session / $1,000

    • SDG spillover effects
    • Connections on all sectors : social, economic & environmental.
    • Mapping personal and organizational SDG engagement. 
  1. SDGs for Truth and Reconciliation

              Facilitated by a field expert. Cost - 2hr session / $1,000

  1. Leveraging SDGs for Transformative Change

             Facilitated by a field expert. Cost - 2hr session / $1,000

    • Case study examples
    • Successes & barriers 
    • Comparative analysis
  1. Tools for Engagement

           Facilitated by a field expert. Cost - 2hr session / $1,000

    • Outreach networking
    • Marketing the SDGs
    • Storytelling
  1. Funding and Financing 

         Facilitated by a field expert. 2hr session / $1,000

    • Planning and delivery
    • Budgeting 
    • Fundraising

Education required

Participants will be required to demonstrate interest in sustainable development and sustainability connections. Participants that are seeking to expand their environmental network connections and build their professional skills from a sustainable development lens. They will also demonstrate strong work ethic along with self started and independent qualities that will be suitable when taking on their independent project portion. We will also require two references from previous work and/or volunteer experience.

Eligibility criteria

Qualified interns are:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

1Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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