4-H Ontario, partners offer Greenbelt Forum

4-H Ontario, Lead­­ers Today, a division of Free the Children, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foun­da­tion have joined forces to create a new opportunity for high school youth.
The Greenbelt Youth For­um, to be held at the YMCA Camp Cedar Glen, near Bolton, from April 3 to 6, will bring together rural and urban stud­ents from the 53 high schools in the greenbelt. The parti­cipants can develop a broad­er understanding and appreciation of agricultural and environ­mental stewardship initiatives; become engaged in local is­sues; expand their civic re­sponsibility and work to protect and enhance the rural character and integrity of the greenbelt.
Youth delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about water preservation, land use planning, environmental stewardship and local food. The members of 4-H Ontario and Leaders Today will lead  exercises design­ed to build lead­ership and teamwork skills, as well as organize guest speak­ers and tours of the Greenbelt,
Following the forum, dele­gates will complete work in their community or school, call­ed the Bushel Basket of Change Project. That initiative will further promote the value of the greenbelt to participants, their families and their commu­nity, by engaging them in a project that implements the results of the forum. The results of the Bushel Basket projects will be featured at the 2008 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Lyndon Stewart, Executive Director of 4-H Ontario said, “We’re thrilled to be working with Leaders Today as they are recognized around the world for their ability to help youth create social change.”
Greenbelt area high school students in grades 10 or 11 who are interested in participating in the forum are invited to call 4-H Ontario for an application form. They are due March 1.