Volunteer Opportunity: Youth Council, Alberta Environmental Network

Youth Council Member
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) is creating a new Youth Council—an opportunity to influence the network of 40+ Alberta environmental groups. 

Please complete the application below by Tuesday, October 23.

AEN is a non-profit, non-partisan umbrella organization dedicated to helping preserve and protect Alberta's environment. AEN has been flying under the radar for some time but we are re-emerging with urgency, particularly around the issues of climate change and protected areas. 

AEN has a growing number of environmental NGO and individual members. AEN members organize themselves into issue-based caucuses or working groups. Current issue groups include water, clean air & energy, cumulative effects management, methane emissions, aggregate mining, conservation issues, and more. A new climate change caucus to help bring together and strategically align active Alberta-based climate change groups and individuals will be launching at the AEN Fall Assembly in Calgary on November 2. AEN staff support the members in various ways including providing a platform to convene, training, and acting as a conduit to the provincial government.

AEN is seeking young people (30 and under) from around Alberta to join AEN's new Youth Council. We know that young people are very aware, knowledgeable and active in environmental initiatives. In many cases, the established environmental "movement" in Alberta has done a poor job of reaching out to young people, welcoming and supporting their activities, and inviting them to contribute to our activities. This is a tremendous shortcoming that AEN would like to address.

We want to know what you are thinking. We invite you to join the new AEN Youth Council to provide guidance to AEN's 40+ ENGO members.

The Youth Council will be engaged in  

  • Conveying to AEN members what is important to young people (in their experience) in terms of environmental issues—what is important to them.
  • Discussing how young people like to address, advocate for and organize around environmental issues.
  • Exploring how AEN is relevant to and how AEN could better integrate young people, and support their inititatives and projects.
  • Reflecting on the issues that AEN caucuses and working groups are addressing.
  • Assessing the work that AEN caucuses and working groups are undertaking, and their strategies to achieve their goals.

Please complete the application below to determine if this is a fit. We are aiming to introduce new Youth Council members to AEN members (approx. 25 people) on Saturday, November 3 at the AEN Fall Assembly taking place on the U of C campus.

Moving forward, Youth Council is intended to be neither onerous nor daunting. We'll be smart about our goals and meetings (via audio or web conferencing) based on the interest and availability of the Youth Council members.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Natalie Odd, executive director, AEN at [email protected] or 587-228-6391

Thank you for your interest!