September is going to be a busy month for us here at WILD! We’re very excited to welcome Simon Jackson, founder of the largest youth-led organization in the world, to Boulder to meet with local young leaders. Jackson will facilitate several training workshops (September 18-20) with local young leaders on community engagement, leadership and the environment. The trainings, organized by The WILD Foundation and local partners, will include opportunities for emerging leaders to learn from Simon’s experience as the founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition and his work with a variety of other initiatives, and participate in an active dialogue with their peers and other conservation leaders.
“We are really looking forward to meeting Simon and learning from his work,” commented Katie Doyle Myers, Philanthropiece Director of Programs. “The participants in Philanthropiece’s Youth Global Leadership Program are working on projects locally and internationally, with a focus on environment and community. This is a great opportunity for us,” she said.
Simon has a busy visit to Boulder! He will meet with the WILD team, helping to facilitate WILD’s commitment to inter-generational planning and programs.
On Saturday, 18 September, he will lead a focused youth training workshop. Drawing from his experiences, Jackson will present his tool kit for action while providing perspective around what works and what doesn’t work when building a campaign. Philanthropiece, WILD’s primary partner for this training, will host the event at their location in Longmont. Participants are expected from several youth programs throughout Boulder County, including the Philanthropiece Youth Global Leadership Program, the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board and the Earth Task Force of the Cottonwood Institute. Youth interested in participating should contact Emily (Emily at wild.org) with The WILD Foundation. Read more about the workshop >
On Sunday, 19 September, The WILD Foundation with Friends of Boulder Open Space is hosting a celebration of Nature in Boulder’s Open Space at Martin Park in South Boulder. Community members are encouraged to attend, meet Simon and learn about WILD’s work in Boulder and abroad. If interested in attending, please contact Emily (Emily at wild.org).
On Monday, 20 September, Jackson will meet with students enrolled in the University of Colorado (Boulder) INVST Community Studies program. Students will engage Simon on the topics of community program development, media interaction, messaging and collaboration, specifically focused on their INVST projects and continued leadership development.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to visit Boulder and interact with leaders of all ages who are actively working to better our world – especially those at the groundbreaking WILD Foundation,” commented Simon Jackson. “I have no doubt that we will be able to learn from each other and find new, exciting opportunities to collaborate on our respective passions in order to enhance our work.”
About Simon Jackson: At the age of 13, Simon founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition which is now the largest, and one of the first, youth-led environmental organizations in the world with a network of more than 6 million in every province in Canada, every state in the United States and in 74 countries worldwide. Jackson’s work exemplifies youth leadership, environmental advocacy and action and youth organizing.
Jackson is also engaged with many other leadership, environmental and advocacy orientated groups. He is the Executive Producer and Spokesperson for forthcoming Hollywood CGI-animated, 3-D movie, The Spirit Bear. Additionally, Jackson sits on the board of directors for ten organizations and social ventures, including the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, Dream Now, Global Youth Fund, and the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.
Based in Vancouver, Jackson consults under the umbrella of Jackson Strategies, is a public affairs commentator for CBC.ca, CBC Newsworld, and the Huffington Post, as well as an accomplished motivational speaker with the agency Speakers’ Spotlight.