IMPACT! Youth Sustainability Leadership Training: Stories

Eat with Impact

“We can all become activists in the way we eat.”

This is the message that Danielle Prapavessis and Mischa Hamara, founders of Seed by Seed and two-time participants in The Natural Step's IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training program, brought to 31 schools and community groups last summer as they cycled across Canada, from Victoria to St. John’s on their first speaking tour.

Danielle and Mischa’s passion led them to create a non-profit organization and educational partner that would deliver speeches and workshops to young people and teach them about sustainability, our food system, and food security. They have come a long way since they brought the outline of their plan to their first IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training session in Ottawa in 2013.

Releasing Your (Green) Rockstar at IMPACT!

The story behind Rockstar Café is one that coincides with releasing my inner Rockstar.

Your undergraduate experience is about discovering what kind of person you are. It’s about identifying your unique gifts, amalgamating your passions, and meeting as many amazing people as you can. These things will lead to you having a more concrete idea of the kind of person you are leaving school, and what you want your life to be about.

Every student enters university or college as just a number. You can post good grades, get a solid internship if you’re opportunistic, and graduate with honours and a significant other. My path wasn’t that straightforward.

So what are you going to do about it? Catching up with IMPACT! Alumni

“The easiest thing is to react. The second easiest thing is to respond. But the hardest thing is to initiate.”
– Seth Godin

Stuart at play, IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training, Ottawa 2014

They were already fired up last November - Madeline, Stuart, Katie, and Andrea showed up knowing there was something they wanted to change in their community. For three days of IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training in Ottawa, together with 40 of their peers, they considered how to respond and who could help them. Now they are working on digging deep into the greatest challenge of all: getting something started.


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