The Youth Engagement Funding Initiative (YEFI) provides up to $1,000 for climate-related projects involving youth in Newfoundland and Labrador. YEFI has funded 82 projects, helping youth better understand climate change through research, experimental, or action based learning.
YEFI funding can be used by schools, youth groups, and youth themselves. Funds can be used for an ongoing project, or for a new project.
Since its creation in 2007, the Youth Engagement Funding Initiative (YEFI) has funded a wide variety of engaging and action-based projects for young people across the province. From water-bottle filling stations, to beehives and classroom gardens, to short films and songs about climate change, YEFI projects have ranged from the agricultural to the artistic.
Because climate change affects almost every aspect of our lives, YEFI projects are only limited by the imagination. Students at Elizabeth Park Elementary set up hydroponic gardens in their classroom. Similarly, C.C. Loughlin Elementary School used YEFI funding to allow students to bring home their own tomato plants as part of their Green Thumbs Program. Both projects helped students learn how to combat climate change by growing their own food. However, not all projects need to be science-related.
Students at Beachy Cove Elementary learned videography and research skills to create videos on how to combat climate change. From anti-idling to polar bears, students covered a variety of topics and led the school’s Earth Day assembly to share what they learned.
Past YEFI projects have also included composting, planting fruit trees, and building garden boxes. YEFI participants must be under 30 years of age to participate. Over the years, kindergarten to high school students have learned about climate change with the support of YEFI funding.
Apply for the Youth Engagement Funding online here. Application deadline is December 11, 2020.