SEVENGEN: INDIGENOUS STUDENT ENERGY SUMMIT MENTORSHIP PROGRAMCategory: 2018, Climate, Current, Grant, Major Project
In 2017, two First Nations youth were sponsored to attend the International Student Energy Summit in Merida, Mexico. There, Cory Beaver (Stony/ Nakota) and Disa Crow Chief (Siksika) were inspired by seeing the power people gain from being given space to unite, and access to experts who believe in them. At the Innovation Jam, a piece of the conference designed to launch youth ideas, they decided to organize SevenGen: the Indigenous Student Energy Summit to create a space for young Indigenous people to see how they can pursue education and lead in Canada’s energy future. Now, Cory and Disa, along with the Mount Royal Chapter, are working with Student Energy to make this Summit happen.
January 24- 27th 2019, 200 youth from across Canada will unite in Calgary, Alberta for SevenGen: “Powering Resilience,” the summit will educate, engage and empower young people to be the leaders of a sustainable future.
When delegates leave the summit they will be connected with 3-4 other delegates as well as an Industry mentor that they can connect with after the summit for ongoing support. The mentorship program will allow for climate change and energy transition projects to flourish in communities across Alberta. Delegates will be able to apply their new found knowledge and changemaking spirit to projects in their communities. Mentorship will provide the missing link between knowledge and action and will make sure that roadblocks don’t turn into dead ends for youth.
The mentorship program will start before the summit with training for both participating professionals and young people who have applied to lead mentorship circles. During the program young leaders will facilitate mentorship circles every morning with their fellow delegates, and professional mentors will join for our career skills session ahead of the Innovation Jam. After SevenGen, Student Energy will have two mentorship check-ins in April and July with the goal of helping all delegates to continue on projects they design during the Summit. Overall they expect to mentor 100 Indigenous Albertan youth through the program and for them to reach at least 700 more in their communities.