The Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit is going to be hosted at Hugh Boyd Secondary School on April 18, 2015 from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
REaDY Summit is a fun, free, and inspiring youth led environmental conference. We aim to promote environmental sustainability awareness for all ages in the local community and beyond.
Keeping with the REaDY Summit 2015 'by-youth and for-youth' legacy, this year's keynotes are all young adults! This year we are fortunate to have three ladies who all have inspiring and informative stories to share about their experience in environmental stewardship and leadership.
Tesicca is a sustainability activist, an intergenerational collaborator, and an architect of youth engagement. She co-founded the Plan-It Earth Conferences, kick-started the Vancouver Youth4Tap movement and launched Vancouver School Board's first annual Sustainability Conference. Tesicca served as the youngest member on Vancouver's Engaged City Task Force and currently leads as a Director for the Social Art of Architecture for Youth Society. For her work, she has been named on Canada's Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 twice and 2014 President's Awards for Leadership in Sustainability. She is currently studying Environmental Sciences and Environmental Education at SFU.
Veronika is a passionate environmentalist, urban enthusiast, community builder and lover of the outdoors. From a young age, Veronika's experiences have been shaped by the people and connections within her communities and by spending countless hours outdoors. She works as UBC's Student Sustainability Outreach Coordinator and is the Director of UBC's largest student-run sustainability organization, Common Energy, through which she oversees the engagement of thousands of students in sustainability and behavioural change. She has a wealth of experience organizing events, campaigns and initiatives on different institutional scales, ranging from a Bottled Water Free campaign at her university and high school to founding the annual UBC Waste Audit. She also works with and helps facilitate the Metro Vancouver Youth4Action program which is a sustainability leadership program for high school students. Her passions first concretely developed in high school in the TREK Outdoor Education Program where she co-created and planned Plan-It Earth, a youth conference on urban sustainability, after which she gave a TEDx talk on urban sustainability in 2012. She is currently a student in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems at UBC.
Alice Xu is an enthusiastic grade 11 student who has been actively involved in her community. As a youth leader, she joined and started many initiatives in her high school career with her peers. She is currently the Public Outreach and Delegation Coordinator for the VSB Sustainability Conference 2015, and was the co-organizer for Lookout! Vancouver. In her free time, you'll find her singing, playing the ukulele, dragon-boating at False Creek, and engaging in sustainability events around Metro Vancouver! From a young age, she realized her early passion for water, but this passion only bloomed in more recent years. As a young activist, she is ready for any challenge that she comes across and has worked with various green organizations around Metro Vancouver to learn about why sustainability is super important in our lives! She can't wait to share her journey into sustainability and is super ecstatic to see you at the REaDY Summit!
We offer twelve 50 minute long workshops that will interest people of all ages and passions.
From Kim and Karen Kamstra's brilliant workshop about birds of prey to a DIY Wisdom Workshop with Lindsay Coulter, David Suzuki Foundation's Queen of Green - We will have a workshop for you.
Great for individuals and families alike.
The 2015 Richmond Earth Day Youth (REaDY) Summit is going to be a very unique event, led and organized by Richmond students.
REaDY Summit is a youth-led conference promoting environmental awareness and action by presenting the unique opportunity for our participants to be in close contact with sustainability experts discussing current challenges. Through motivational speakers and engaging workshops the REaDY Summit hopes to foster a new generation of environmental and sustainability leaders.
This event itself is the culmination of the efforts of a yearlong mentoring program, where Green Ambassadors, supported and mentored by City of Richmond and School District #38 staff, learn valuable leadership, event planning, community convening, and technical skills. These same keen youth are also connected with many community activities throughout the year including waste diversion, composting, tap water promotion, and other environmental stewardships programs.
And we hope to bring to you an enjoyable and memorable REaDY Summit 2015!