On January 18th, 2019, some of the RbD Lab Team facilitated an exciting and engaging Pearson Peer Workshop with youth from Pearson College UWC, based in Victoria BC. The workshop ran under the Lab’s SSHRC Insight Grant project, which focuses on youth engagement and climate change. The successful workshop had space for 50 youth to attend, and every seat was taken. The workshop had five stations where youth rotated through during the evening and each station provided space for interaction through activities or discussion on topics such as involving or engaging youth in complex issues that affect and concern them, such as climate change adaptation and resilience.
Five youth (Hanting Wang, Eylül Taş, Tanzil Fatima, Nicholas Chaturia, and Kira Brunner) with experience in the project were trained as creative facilitators prior to the event and took the lead role in planning and running the workshop and discussions at the different stations. Lab members Kiana, Nigel, and Tiffany took the lead around logistics of the event and keeping the evening interactive and informative.
At the end of the evening, the core Pearson youth facilitating team led a debrief in which they shared how transformative the experience of facilitation had been and how the level of engagement of their peers in the workshop had only grown throughout the course of the evening. Facilitators also shared with the RbD Team how surprised they were with their level of confidence and comfort they had developed to facilitate the workshop. The facilitating team were awarded certificates at the end of the evening to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements with the workshop and project.