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Youth have the passion and ideas to activate changes we need now; for ourselves, future generations, and the more-than-human world.


Schools haven’t equipped us to cooperate or handle the crises we are currently calling climate change. While this program is certified by York University, it runs very differently than a typical classroom.


Rooted and Rising will empower young people to take control over their lives and re-direct our collective way of living. This is a healing space for radical disruption. 

In Rooted and Rising you can expect to:

  • Meet allies and build community

  • Learn how to cooperate with people across differences to co-create a culture of care

  • Step into your unique gifts, purpose, and leadership

  • Skill-up: learn core skills to turn your passion into action

  • Learn how to practice compassion and process the feelings that come up in this work in a non-judgemental environment

  • Connect with mentors and elders working in different realms

  • Practice having conversations with people in positions of power

Where and When and How Long?

What does it cost?

This is a 2-semester program in Toronto starting on October 8th.

Tuesday evening online class
1 Saturday morning per month starting Oct 8th
The full list of program dates is available in the Application

Pay what you can with no one turned away for lack of funds.


Full cost of program per participant is $2,200. We accept anything from $20 - $2,200. Students will have access to a small project fund shared between all student projects.

Who should apply?

How to apply

Youth passionate about creating a better world for people and all living beings. We encourage everyone to apply. We will do our best to accommodate accessibility concerns and unique needs. If you have any questions, email us at

We invite you to share a 3-5 min video, audio, or 350-750 word written piece.

1) Tell us a bit about yourself.
2) If you have past experiences with climate justice, action or community work, tell us about it! If you don’t, tell us how your passion was sparked.
3) Why would this program be a good fit for you at the present moment? What are you hoping to learn/gain?

You can share up to 3 pieces of work you’ve done that you think would be helpful to your application – an essay, art piece, photo of you in action, etc. But this is optional, not required.


Who is running this?

A bunch of people and community groups diverse in age, ancestry, experience, and education. Our team is a combo of Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers all passionate about empowering young leaders.

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