Youth Narratives Project

About the Project

The Youth Narratives Project is an exciting energy and environmental literacy initiative that aims to help education agencies and teachers better understand climate-energy language and approaches that resonate with youth audiences. 

The Process

  • October to December 2019 - held structured conversations with urban and rural students in grades 4-6; 7-9; 10-12 to explore how to talk about energy and climate.
  • January to May 2020 - compile and analyze these findings to create a Youth Narratives Report (in progress). 

Youth Polling

In conjunction with the Youth Narratives, we also conducted youth polling (ages 15-24) to measure levels of youth environmental, energy and climate literacy in Alberta. The 2020 youth polling findings are being prepared and they will also make a comparison to the 2010 youth polling we conducted. The 2010 polling is available on the youth polling web page and the 2020 polling findings will be released soon.

Next Steps

  • The Youth Narratives and Youth Polling along with ACEE’s ‘What is Excellent Climate Change Education?’ will form the basis on guidelines for classroom and environmental educators. These guidelines (also in progress) will help educators better understand how to talk about energy and climate in Alberta, as well as what motivates youth, and how educators can create conditions for long-term success.
  • We will be sharing the Youth Narratives and Youth Polling reports along with the guidelines with a variety of education audiences and environmental and energy educators through events and workshops.

Youth Narratives Report Coming Soon!

Meet the Team

Get to know Shelagh and Maria, our Youth Narratives Project classroom workshop leaders! 

Thank you to the following for supporting this work