About EYA

engaging youth in environmental stewardship

The Environmental Youth Alliance is a registered charity supporting equity-seeking youth to connect with nature, community, and skills to become environmental stewards and community leaders. We provide free land-based education and paid employment-training programs in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
Our Challenge Our Approach Our Vision

We recognize that equity-seeking youth are disproportionately impacted by environmental crises but systematically excluded from environmental advocacy and careers. As a society, we are at a turning point – there is a growing disconnect between us and the natural environment. Yet, there is also an opportunity to help people understand their role in nature and empower them to turn ideas into action.

Our programs centre the voices of equity-seeking youth in land stewardship to help build a more inclusive environmental movement that acknowledges the intersection of social and environmental justice. We provide free, land-based environmental education and employment training programs that braid Western and Indigenous perspectives on land stewardship. 
We are a force of young people changing the world, one seed at a time. We formed with a vision of connecting people with the environment as well as with each other. Since EYA’s inception in 1989, we have been using experiential learning to grow communities and embark on new quests to help us better understand our own inner nature. We inject passion, energy and expertise into the environmental movement.
 

Meet the Team