Youth and the Biosphere

WildPacificTrailYouth are the future of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. Their relationships with this place are special and, combined with a solid education, our children will be prepared to guide us. They will become the leaders and decision-makers determining the path of conservation, sustainable development, quality of life and the preservation of valuable traditional beliefs.


Our Youth and the Biosphere program is linked to UNESCO’s mandate in the area of education. From formal education programs delivered within schools to informal learning delivered beyond four walls for students of all ages, our educational programs have increased understanding about the places in which we live.

Fostering the relationship between our youth and this special place was the driving force between creating the Youth and the Biosphere initiative. In addition to annual scholarships delivered in partnership with Genus Capital Management, the CBT participates in projects that help young people gain greater insight into their connection to the diversity and uniqueness of Clayoquot Sound.

Current Youth and the Biosphere projects:

  • Youth Action Grants: Small grants (up to $1000) are available for local youth spearheading projects in their school or community. Contact Faye Missar if you are interested! 
  • Students on Ice: a scholarship to send a student from the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region on an educational Arctic expedition with youth from around the world. Scholarship details will be announced in 2019.
  • West Coast Children’s Resilience Initiative:  aims to support the development of trauma-informed schools to promote positive academic and non-academic student outcomes, including resilience and healing.

About the West Coast Children’s Resilience Initiative

The Coastal Family Resource Coalition (CFRC), in partnership with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT), employ a coordinator (Sarah Hagar: (250) 726-4074) who supports the development of trauma-informed schools, promoting positive academic and non-academic student outcomes, including resilience and healing. Sarah supports local schools in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region (SD 70 and Indigenous schools) in promoting and adopting trauma-informed approaches and policies. This program is made possible with funding from the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

About the Students on Ice Foundation

The Students on Ice Foundation (SOI) educates the world’s youth about the importance of the Polar Regions, supports them in their continued personal and professional growth and inspires and catalyzes initiatives that contribute to global sustainability. In their core expedition program, SOI takes youth from around the world on life-changing journeys to the Polar Regions. Youth are introduced to a broad spectrum of dialogue related to these regions ranging from arts and culture, history and politics, science and sustainable development, glaciology and climate change, economy, governance and geopolitics and many other polar topics.

Learn more about SOI by visiting their website:

Recent Youth and the Biosphere projects include:

  • Involving local high school students in our community advisory granting committees
  • Developing Sustainability Studies 11/12 curriculum (approved by SD #70) to provide a framework for learning about local issues such as food security, sustainable development, ecosystem-based management and civic engagement;
  • Coordinating  Generation Y-Not, a program which helps foster leadership skills and opportunities for youth within the biosphere region and helps connect  youth to each other and to find meaningful ways to participate in their communities;
  • Creation of the “What I Learned About My Biosphere” program, which supports local schools so they can get students outside to experience the biosphere region first hand;
  • Seek ongoing support for the USS Kayaking 11/12 course that provides students with locally-relevant training and certification to become a sea kayak guide;
  • Support for a biosphere region-wide consultation on youth services and youth planning, a gap analysis with youth service workers and a regional youth forum.

Please donate to our Youth and the Biosphere program.

If you have any questions or ideas please contact:


Faye Missar

250-725-2219 office