The Take a Stand youth outreach program, founded by SFU Professor Emeritus Kermode and her partners, the creators of STAND film, is hosted within the SFU Faculties of Environment and Science. The program is specifically geared towards helping school educators achieve environmentally-oriented concept-based learning within a framework that aligns well with B.C.’s curriculum. Appropriate for both elementary and secondary school students (Gr. 3-12), the Take a Stand program was developed to share and treasure the natural beauty of B.C. with our youth, including its urban-nature areas and unique coastal wilderness, home to rich First Nations cultures, diverse and productive oceans, and an expansive intact temperate rainforest. As a learning tool, the team uses STAND film, an award-winning documentary film that uses surfing and stand up paddleboarding to showcase the ecological, cultural, and aesthetic value of the West Coast. New state-of-the-art film resources surrounding wildlife and ecological themes within the Great Bear Rainforest and Sea form part of our new educational content. Through school visits centered around STAND screenings, discussions with filmmakers, our Community Innovation Challenge contest, and interactive activities, we aim to foster environmental stewardship in youth across the province and empower students to become agents of effective social and environmental change in their communities. Last but not least, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we are pleased to offer this program completely free of charge to participating schools!
To inquire about making a booking for your school, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a printable program brochure, click here.
For a general report of our program's activities and successes, click here.
Visit the “Contest” Section of the website for a description of the Community Innovation contest and download the word cloud of select projects to date.