Our Story Why We Exist
Tasha is a quiet, reserved student from a Blackfoot Nations community. Attending classes at a Strathmore high school was challenging and she was expelled because of it. Moving back to her community school, her new teacher recognizes that she has great abilities, inner strength and ideas, but limited initiative and opportunities to use them.
That teacher decides to offer Tasha the opportunity to participate in a diversity leadership program. Knowing very little about it, Tasha signs up because it offers five high school credits that can help her graduate.
She arrives on Monday night at Kamp Kiwanis for the four day onsite portion of the program along with 65 other students from Alberta high schools. She has never been away from home overnight before and it feels far too overwhelming meeting these other students from many different backgrounds and communities. She is really missing her family and wants to go home. Tasha finally decides to stay, but on the second day, a comment about land claims from someone upsets her because she felt it was a discriminatory statement about Indigenous people.
Tasha finds the courage to speak up even though she really just wants to leave and go home. On expressing her concern to Tim, the individual responsible for the statement, he immediately apologizes. Through their discussion, he explains what he had really meant to say and offers to apologize to the whole group for the unintentionally hurtful comment. Tasha agrees to stay one more day. After that group apology, Tasha is feeling heard and a little more confidant. During that day, there are two presenters that have an immediate impact on her. Alison shares ways to find and see the positive attributes that we each have and Tasha is surprised to hear from her group members about some of the strengths that they see in her. Later she hears Cory speak from the heart about living with a physical disability, Cerebral Palsy. The messages from these two sessions resonate and are a turning point for Tasha, who is so grateful that she stayed until the last day.
Tasha returns to her school with a new confidence and purpose. With her fellow students, she feels empowered to create a “Be the Change” project to teach others about Blackfoot culture. Connecting with neighbouring schools in Strathmore, they do their first tipi building workshop with Grade 3 students. That school is so thrilled with the impact on their students, they want Tasha and her group to return to do it again next year. Meanwhile the word spreads and another school asks them to do the same workshop with their Grade 4 students! Inspired by the experience, Tasha is an amazing example of a young person taking action in her community to create understanding and change.
This is only one story of hundreds from Alberta high school students, who are inspired to take action in their communities to create change.
Our Impact What We Do
SEEDS Connections empowers youth to create positive change by providing educational programs which engage Canadian students in experiential learning opportunities in the areas of diversity, environment, energy, and leadership.
Our programs have involved over 40,000 students, who have completed over 50,000 environmental and diversity projects, and impacted audiences of more than 75,000, since 2011.
Locally and Canada wide, our communities are seeing increasing change in our natural environments and in the diversity of our populations. Diversity, inclusion and environmental education for youth in the areas of acceptance, understanding, sustainability and positive action is vital to creating a world in which we all wish to live.
With a history beginning in 1976, SEEDS Connections is a unique, national charitable organization based in Calgary, Alberta. Initially created to provide energy literacy education programs for Canadian students, SEEDS Connections now creates and delivers much-needed curriculum-connected programs in the areas of human diversity, environmental sustainabilty, and energy literacy.
Our Programs How We Do It
Our experiential, curriculum-matched Educational Programs for youth include:
CONNECTIONS Leadership Program for Alberta high school students will:
- Empower youth to utilize their personal leadership and critical thinking skills
- Create positive change in their schools and communities related to diversity, inclusion, environmental and energy issues;
- Foster cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness about diversity issues
- Gain skills and work together to combat stereotyping, ethnocentrism, prejudice, and discrimination
- Connect youth with the natural environment and cultivate environmental stewardship
- Support students to initiate and present transformative, proactive “Be the Change” projects related to human diversity and the environment, contributing to the overall wellness and health of their schools and communities.
GREEN Schools Program objectives are to stimulate environmental awareness and encourage action; provides resources through an online membership, support & recognition of activities and sharing of environmental projects with others.
Habitat in the Balance for grades 7 to 12 students to investigate perspectives on eight different environmental situations from the viewpoint of stakeholders, culminating in a town hall meeting where their viewpoint and recommended action.
Energy Literacy Series provides a resource for learning about renewable and non-renewable energy sources, production, equipment, and related issues.
Teaching Activities for Climate Change provides a classroom activity for students to explore usage and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in their life.
Our Requests What You Can Do
Donate to SEEDS Connections to support students to participate in our unique and timely educational programs.
- Make any size of donation go 50% further by donating to SEEDS Connections through the Shaw Birdies for Kids Program
Support 8 or more students to participate in the semester-long CONNECTIONS Leadership Program for just $1500 per student
Expand or develop an educational program, curriculum matched, with a donation of $15,000 or more
Thanks for your interest and support!