Through August 7th - 9th, Young Greens from across Canada came together for the Young Greens Retreat & Training weekend. The weekend was focused on building connections across the youth membership of the Young Greens of Canada and growing capacity for the upcoming election.
We were joined by several special guests over the weekend, including Ilona Dougherty, Co-Founder of Apathy is Boring, who facilitated discussions around youth engagement and building the youth vote. Local campaign organizers also joined in over the weekend, leading sessions around campaigning, Green policies, and canvassing.
Ending the weekend, there were a few major takeaways.
Young Greens are building leadership experience throughout the party, particularly in campaigns. While we're awesome at knocking on doors, we're also proving that our energy and fresh perspectives are a huge asset in building and driving campaigns forward.
We came away aligned on the issues we feel are most important to our generation and generations to come. We're ready to bring these issues to the forefront, and share with our peers how the Green Party is leading the way on these issues.
We had an opportunity to share our individual experiences, and build capacity from this learning. Campus Club leaders, community activists, campaign organizers and engaged Young Greens discussed our best practices, and are ready to bring them into action in our home ridings.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we left the weekend with a true sense of community amongst the Young Greens. Our membership varies greatly, and comes from many different backgrounds. Spending the weekend together, learning and getting to know each other, has strengthened our connections, and fired up every single one of us for the election period and beyond!
On behalf of the Young Greens Council, I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to come and invest their time and energy. We're looking forward to many more!