C-Vert gives teens aged 14 to 16 the opportunity to learn more about the environment and nature while taking concrete action in their community.
During the one-year program, participants get together and choose their own activities, workshops and actions based on their interests. They create and manage projects with the help of an experienced leader, gaining independence, developing their leadership skills and acquiring new skills along the way.
A C-Vert group has about twenty members who meet once a week after school to participate in practical environmental workshops, discover the natural world and take action on issues they care about. The program concludes with an internship in July, where participants choose the environmental actions they want to carry out in their community.
- Community actions, like making seed balls, planting bulbs, cleaning up green spaces or helping out at a community garden;
- Meetings and projects with local organizations;
- Canoe trips, snowshoe treks and campfires;
- Bike trips;
- Practical environmental workshops on climate change, water and air pollution, and nutrition;
- A forum with all C-Vert groups in Québec;
- Internship projects, like converting alleys into green spaces, organizing bike rallies and building insect hotels.
After one year in the C-Vert program, participants are invited to continue their environmental work with C-Vert+ indefinitely. C-Vert+ members organize environmental projects with their community and mentor C-Vert groups.