Support EYA youth through COVID-19 & get native plants for your garden!

April 11, 2020 Uncategorized

Donate $50 or more, or sign up as a monthly donor to get free youth-grown native plants available for pick up from our Downtown Eastside nursery, while supplies last!

We have an opportunity right now to provide immediate support for local youth facing barriers impacted by social isolation, anxiety, and poverty during COVID-19. 

Connecting youth with nature and each other during this time is vital. Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be rolling out online programs to engage youth in environmental education and community building. We’ll also be continuing to pay honoraria to EYA youth whose families are struggling to make ends meet.

You can help by making an urgent gift of $50 or signing up as a monthly donor.

I know many of us are hurting financially. I’ll be honest, the nonprofit sector is struggling and EYA’s funding has taken a hit. We need to raise $5,000, or get 10 new monthly donors by Earth Day on April 22nd. 

Your support now means we can adapt our programs to engage 120 youth facing barriers – online. Our facilitators, alongside Elders and knowledge keepers from the community, will be leading educational and interactive video calls and activities for our youth to keep their minds and bodies active while safely exploring urban ecology in their neighbourhoods. 

“It’s good for my mental and physical wellbeing to stay outside and enjoy the sunshine. Through EYA I learned lots about native and Indigenous plants and how to identify them, and even use them as medicine! Knowing more local birds too made me wanna go outside and view more” Kevin, 16 years old. 

Fostering a deep concern and appreciation for nature, as well as finding creative ways to connect youth with one another, is more important than ever during this crisis. 

If you still have the means, help our youth with a one-off urgent donation or join our Pollinator Monthly Giving Club to provide the ongoing support our youth need.  

Thank you for considering this request,

Emily Keller

Executive Director, Environmental Youth Alliance