The Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps was established in 1989 by the Province of Nova Scotia. Clean Foundation has been delivering Youth Corps on behalf of Nova Scotia Environment since September 2011. In 2017, we official rebranded the program as the Clean Leadership Program.
The goal of the program is to provide to equip youth with the aptitude to become leaders in their communities while delivering meaningful environmental projects across the province of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.
The Youth Corps provides youth with environmental work experience, an enhanced appreciation of the environment and their community, and develops skills for life-long learning (including team-building and leadership skills, increased knowledge for future employment and/or education ventures, and the ability to give back to their community and their environment). This program is a partnership between Clean, employers, communities, and youth.
Examples of the types of projects include (but are certainly not limited to):
- Active transportation and trail development
- Stream restoration and water quality testing
- Pollinator and rain garden installation
- Wildlife rehabilitation
- Environmentally focused children’s day camps
The students themselves identified 38 different skills gained over their summer employment, with the top five most frequently noted being:
- Technical Field Skills
- Public speaking
- Working in Teams
- Time Management
- Research Skills
In 2014, the Clean Foundation started the Aboriginal Leadership Program, partnering with aboriginal organizations to provide 15-week internships to university level students in the province. The leadership component has an increased focus on building career management skills and sustainability education to support youth as they transition to the workforce.