For Youth

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Here at Green Venture, we aim to support the eco-journeys of local youth. Our Child and Youth Programs offer an abundance of opportunities for high school students looking to get involved in their communities, young professionals seeking to develop professional skills, budding environmentalists exploring how they can take climate action, and opportunities to get outside. Join us! 

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Green Venture YouthQuake

Join our twice monthly, drop-in, virtual and in person YouthQuake meetings for eco conversations open to all Hamilton youth ages 14-24. Recent topics have included waste, consumerism, fast fashion, food choices, and more. The conversations are youth-led, and guided by Green Venture staff; with the occasional opportunity for guest speakers in the environmental field to share their expertise!

To join, email with the subject “I want to join Green Venture YouthQuake”.

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Youth Stewardship Program

We are now taking applicants for our summer session of the Youth Stewardship & Professional Skills Program! Through the program, Hamilton high school students develop transferable professional skills, earn volunteer hours, and gain knowledge of environmental issues. We include workshops for skills such as professional email writing, interviewing, and public speaking among a host of others. Guest speakers in the environmental field are also invited to share their expertise and take questions from participants. This sessions theme is Equity and Inclusion in Environmentalism. As part of this program, we offer mentorship and mini-grants for students to develop hands-on action projects that address the chosen environmental issue, directly benefiting their local communities and the planet. Participants collaborate to design and implement these projects, putting their new environmental knowledge and professional skills into practice and making a meaningful difference in their communities.

Program Schedule:
Daily at EcoHouse from July 29 – August 2, 10am – 2:30pm
Virtual engagement and independent work from August 3 – August 12
In-person at EcoHouse on August 13 from 10am – 1pm

Hybrid Program Structure:
Some in-person meetings (at Green Venture’s EcoHouse – 22 Veevers Drive, Hamilton)
Some interactive virtual meetings using Kumospace or Google Meet

Program Supported By:
Hamilton Community Foundation
Conserver Society of Hamilton & District
City Enrichment Fund


Apply here. Priority is given to youth who self-identify as belonging to an equity-seeking group, and who can make the commitment to actively participate in program activities. The final selection will be made from all eligible applicants by random draw.


“I loved that I got to meet new people and develop my public speaking, initiative, and leadership skills. […] I would highly recommend it to others if they want to get more comfortable in their own skin, especially if they have anxiety or low self-confidence, and you get to gain experience in project management while also meeting like-minded students.”

Nature Kids

Nature Kids is an after school program that provides opportunities for children aged 5-11 to get outside, engage with nature, and stay active. Register for the program and find more information here