Like many rural and remote areas with small populations, the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region has limited resources and opportunities for youth-oriented initiatives. The CBT supports healthy youth development by creating opportunities for youth to gain the necessary skills and capacity to positively impact their lives, the lives of others, and to contribute to community change and sustainability.
Education is recognized as a social determinant of health and is a key component of youth empowerment. Since 2002, the CBT has partnered with Genus Capital Management to provide annual education awards to graduating high school students to attend post-secondary school. The CBT also supports experiential learning for youth by providing field trip funding to each school in the biosphere region and by sponsoring local youth to participate in the Students on Ice Foundation’s annual Arctic expeditions.
The CBT supports youth leadership and decision-making by providing youth-led grants for community projects spearheaded by local youth and also by inviting youth to participate in the CBT Board of Directors and advisory committees. Further, the CBT provides youth-led grants for community projects spearheaded by local youth.