History of YesBC
YesBC started as a grassroots initiative by an individual who wanted to make a difference. In 2006, Judy Fainstein started researching existing environmental sustainability programs in BC and in other jurisdictions around the world, looking for a way to encourage sustainability initiatives from young people. Judy developed an idea for an incentive reward program where all sectors of the community would collaborate with a common goal – to provide today’s students with the best possible tools to assume their future responsibility for environmental stewardship. To do this, Judy knew that young people needed to be meaningfully involved in meeting environmental challenges. By fostering leadership opportunities, young people will become powerful agents of change.
In 2008, YesBC became a registered non-profit society and programs were introduced into schools through leadership programs, environmental clubs and related classes. Partnerships and collaborations were built within the community and other organizations that shared the same core values and commitment to taking positive action.
Since 2008, the program has grown and YesBC programs have been introduced to over 4,000 youth in BC schools, via workshops, climate presentations, district and provincial student leadership conferences and other environmental events.