Eco Youth Forum — May 25th in the Rouge
YENYR hosted the first ever Eco Youth Forum at the Rouge River Community Centre on Friday May 25th, 2012. The event was a big success, bringing together a diverse range of York Region's high school Eco-Teams, environmental organizations, green businesses, and municipality departments. Students heard from compelling speakers, networked with local ENGOs and shared their successes with each other. YENYR presented each participating school with an original painting of the Rouge landscape.
Environmental Minister Peter Kent addressed the forum and announced the Federal Government's financial commitment to ensuring the Rouge becomes Canada's first National Urban Park. In conjunction with the Windfall Ecology Centre, this event concluded YENYR's Seeds to Trees project and celebrated the Rouge Park. Congratulations to all the students committed to making their schools and communities more sustainable.
Markham's Amazing Race — Saturday, April 28th
YENYR hosted a station in the Rouge for Markham's Amazing Race. Participants started the morning off with a good old tree planting session at Bob Hunter Memorial Park within the Rouge Park.
With the help of Friends of the Rouge Watershed, YENYR challenged racers to quickly but carefully plant five native trees in order to receive the clue to the next station as well as contribute to the local environment and the development of the Rouge Park. Racers that failed to properly plant the trees had to restart until their work is approved.
YENYR is very excited to host this engaging station to kick off this year's Amazing Race presented by Markham's Mayor's Youth Task Force. Marck and the YENYR team wish the best of luck to all competitors!
About the team
Team: Vithusha Vithiyatharan, Roy Saavedra, Preksha Surana, Marck Mercado
Who: Youth Environmental Network of York Region (YENYR) is an incorporated youth-led non-profit organization. Their mandate is to promote environmental sustainability in York Region by empowering young people. The network includes an executive team of eight students and hundreds of volunteers and has engaged a wide network of youth through school focused initiatives such as conferences, campaigns, competitions, and festivals.
Why: Team YENYR believes Camp Suzuki is an opportunity for the organization to grow and inspires participants to become the much needed environmental leaders within their communities. They strongly support the creation of a National Park in the Rouge and hope to inspire youth in York Region to become active champions.
What: In the coming months, Team YENYR plans to engage its community by attending local events — adding a splash of green to each event — and holding an eco-youth forum and community picnic to conclude their new Seeds to Trees project in the Rouge Park.