Join Red Fox for a unique volunteer opportunity giving you hands-on experience through recreation and cultural activities.
For Metro Vancouver Youth between the ages of 15-19 who are Indigenous, racialized, living with a disability or LGBTQ2+
The Seed Generation program is an outdoor in-person program that takes place at Strathcona Community Gardens, Still Creek and Norquay Food Forest as well as at parks and outdoor recreation sites throughout Metro Vancouver. During the Covid-19 pandemic, some group activities are taking place virtually.
Red Fox Healthy Living Society and Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) have teamed up to bring like-minded youth between the ages of 15-19 together for environmental stewardship volunteer work and recreation and cultural activities from March, 2020 to March, 2021. Over the course of the year, there will be 3 cohorts that will engage 14 youth over a 3 month period, engaging 44 youth in total.
Seed Generation will give youth hands-on experiences creating wildlife habitat and Indigenous foodscape gardens in Vancouver Parks. They will volunteer as youth leaders at Red Fox Active Play, Food Security and Drum Group programs, helping local children and families be active, enjoy healthy food and connect together safely on-line. They will learn from Elders and Knowledge Keepers and engage in wellness activities together. The youth leaders will gain a certificate of completion for 120 service hours over the 3 month period.
The government is slowly allowing the public to return to everyday activities with certain conditions. Red Fox and EYA are committed to keeping youth safe and we are following all recommended guidelines from the BC Health Authority.
In-person outdoor programs beginning June 14, 2020 with the following health and safety measures in place:
- 2-metre physical distancing at all times
- Face masks (provided by Red Fox & EYA)
- No sharing of gloves or tools
- Free snacks and lunch, pre-packaged individual meals purchased from a local restaurant
- Smaller group sizes, and outdoor garden programming
- Youth aged 15-19
- Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth
- New immigrant youth
- Youth with disabilities
- LGBTQ2 youth
- Connect with Knowledge keepers and Elders
- Garden and grow food
- Develop leadership skills
- Learn about Traditional plant use
- Enjoy weekly recreation outings
“I love Seed Generation because it’s brought me outside more to places I’ve never been to even though I’ve lived here nearly all my life. It’s such a positive place and I feel like I can be myself around everyone. Seed Generation has helped me understand more about our habitat, and has brought me closer to the land I grew up on. Thank you Red Fox and EYA!”- Cynthia, a youth from Burnaby.
“The Seed Generation program has had a big impact on my mental health because in the past, I didn’t really know how to cope with stress or realize the potential I have. Now I am slowly seeing my strengths, realizing my potential and finding healthy ways to cope. This program reduces stress because of all things you learn, and of course, the fun you get to have!” – Sven, a student from Windermere Secondary.
This program has 3 cohorts
Cohort 1: June 12 – September 13th, 2020
Cohort 2: September 12th – December 12th, 2020
Alumni Cohort 3: January 2021 – March 2021
Click HERE to register today!
Click HERE for the Seed Generation Calendar.
For more information, contact Suki, Seed Generation Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the following partners for making this program possible: