Do you want to inspire your students to take action to protect the environment even after the bell rings?

YRE Canada gives your students the opportunity to develop their communication, presentation, team work, critical thinking and leadership skills, while giving them a deeper understanding about environmental issues and social responsibility.

The program is an excellent fit for a number of classroom subjects, including:

  • Geography
  • English and Writer’s Craft
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Art or Media Studies

Your students can enter their work into an annual national competition for a chance to win great prizes.

Learn more about us

This short presentation gives you and your students an introduction to Environmental Defence, the YRE Canada program, and this year’s theme: “Your Solution to Plastic Pollution.”


Instructional Videos

These short, engaging videos can help inspire your students to begin crafting their environmental stories.

Writing 101

Photography 101

Videography 101

Young Reporters Handbooks

These tools offer quick tips from experts to help your students to start practicing writing, taking photos, or filming like a journalist. They can be used by individuals or in the classroom.

Writing Handbook

16 pages of tips on writing about the environment.

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Photographers Handbook

16 pages on how to take great photos of the natural world.

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Videographers Handbook

Guide to filming like an environmental journalist.

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Other Classroom Materials

 

Judging Criteria

Previous Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

First Place Winners

Ages 15-18

Mymoon Bhuiyan

Satec @ W.A. Porter Collegiate Institute (Scarborough, ON)

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Parvin Malhi, Khushi Bimbrahw and Abnash Bassi

Seaquam Secondary School (Delta, BC)

Category: video

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Ages 15-18

Sonya Cestra

Emily Carr Secondary School (Vaughan, On)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Sarah Goodstadt

Palermo Public School (Oakville, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Pranav Agnihotri, Sarvan Gill, and Dryden Wiebe

Seaquam Secondary School (Delta, BC)

Category: photo

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Ages 11-14

Ashley Kelly

Palermo Public School (Oakville, ON)

Category: photo

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

Second Place Winners

Ages 15-18

Henri Chevalier

Harrison Trimble High School (Moncton, NB)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Nishat Chowdhury

Don Valley Junior High School (Toronto, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Blaise Matlock

Bloor Collegiate Institute (Toronto, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 11-14

Anna Topacio and Caroline Hanna

St. Henry Catholic School (Scarborough, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 15-18

Roha Iqbal and Salma Sahak

Don Valley Junior High School (Toronto, ON)

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Jalen Chambers

Palermo Public School (Oakville, ON)

Category: video

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

Third Place Winners

Ages 15-18

Isabella Margerin

Bloor Collegiate Institute (Toronto, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Kelly Lee and Allyson Li

St. Henry Catholic School (Scarborough, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Stephen Gray

Ursula Franklin Academy (Toronto, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 11-14

Aiden Redmond

Treeline Public School (Brampton, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 15-18

Josette Joseph

John Paul II Catholic Secondary School (Ajax, ON)

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Jasmine Tong and Victoria Zeng

St. Henry Catholic School (Scarborough, ON)

Category: video

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Congratulations to the Canadian entries that placed in the top three in the 2016 international Young Reporters for the Environment competition. This prestigious competition, organized by the Foundation for Environmental Education, receives entries every year from more than 25 countries around the world.

International Winners

Ages 15-18

Mymoon Bhuiyan

Satec @ W.A. Porter Collegiate Institute (Scarborough, ON)

Category: video - 3rd place

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Ages 11-14

Sarah Goodstadt

Palermo Public School (Oakville, ON)

Category: article - 2nd place

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"YRE Canada has had immediate impact in my classroom with regards to student engagement, exposure to environmental issues and a direct link to the Ministry of Education curriculum expectations. But most important, it provides experiential learning, where students see the real world potential from the media products they create. The program provides an incredible opportunity for students to see, at a young age, the potential in a career in environmental journalism."

- Josh Shultz, communications technology teacher (Toronto, ON)

Questions?

Contact us for more information about how you can incorporate YRE Canada into your classroom or for a free introduction session.

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