PLT Canada launches the 2021 Green Mentor Cohort to support youth
February 01, 2021
Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada) recently launched its Green Mentor Program – 2021 National Cohort in celebration of National Mentoring Month.
In the next decade, one-third of the forest sector’s workforce is set to retire. Mentorship can help inspire and recruit the next generation of forest and conservation leaders.
The 2021 National Cohort brings together 150 people across Canada to empower, connect, and help young people develop their career pathways, build skills and confidence, grow their networks, and more.
PLT Canada’s Green Mentor Program is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. The funding helps the organization to support youth—including those in rural, Indigenous, and urban communities and newcomers—pursue their green career pathways.
After a successful pilot program with 50 mentors and mentees, PLT Canada’s Green Mentor Program grew to 150 participants to meet the high demand for spots and launched on January 7, 2021.
The six-month mentorship program connects young people aged 18-30 with Green Jobs professionals. Mentees and mentors are matched with an industry-leading algorithm. Mentorship is mutually beneficial, as mentees can expand their Green Jobs knowledge, goals, and network, while mentors can recruit potential employees, gain new perspectives, and inspire the next generation of leaders.
PLT Canada is excited by the interest in the Green Mentor Program and hopes to continue growing to help more young people build their careers and overcome barriers. Thanks to funding from Employment and Social Development Canada, PLT Canada’s Green Mentor Program will have helped at least 100 youth by 2022.
About Project Learning Tree Canada
Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada) believes in a society that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests and the great outdoors. It is committed to using trees and forests as windows on the world to inspire action and grow future forest and conservation leaders. PLT Canada’s Green Mentor program is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. Since 2018, PLT Canada has placed youth in over 3,500 Green Jobs. The organization’s environmental education and professional development services, which include high-value work experiences and an industry-leading mentorship program, support youth across Canada on their green career pathways, including those in rural, Indigenous, and urban communities. PLT Canada is an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Learn more at www.pltcanada.org.
About the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) advances sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. It is an independent, non-profit organization that demonstrates our commitment to forests through our work in standards, conservation, education, and community. SFI works with the forest sector, conservation groups, academics, researchers, brand owners, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous Peoples, and governments to achieve a vision of a world that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests. Learn more at www.forests.org.
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