Youth Canada

Live the Green Life

3-04-2009 by Vino Jeyapalan

Live the Green Life

The Youth Environmental Network of York Region (YENYR) is a youth led non-profit organization working towards:

1.Raising awareness of environmental issues among young people in York Region;
2.Encouraging youth to contribute to the well being of the communities in which they live, through local initiatives and action plans;
3.And by facilitating and developing communications and expanding membership between youth and environmental groups throughout York Region.

The YENYR was founded in 2007 by Vino Jeyapalan during his 2nd year in high school. After learning about the alarming rate that York Region was growing as a regional municipality Vino decided that something has to be done to make sure the environment will be placed as a priority in this suburbia. Vino then approached several organizations and agencies where he was able to gain the support he needed to incorporate the Youth Environmental Network of York Region.

Now the organization has grown to a network of over 300 youth, school clubs, non-profit organizations, and businesses. Supported primarily by local businesses, such as the FSA Group and Sorley and Still Law Firm, the YENYR has been able to put together events that brought together youth to change the environmental conditions in the area. Some events included, park clean ups, door-2-door information campaigns, and online competitions; however the YENYR’s top initiatives have been the Ecological Action Conference, which was first held in Markham where over 300 delegates were present while they listened to speakers, such as Justin Trudeau.

This year the YENYR is hosting the second annual Ecological Action Conference with the Town of Aurora and Sorely & Still Law Firm. The event is being held at the Aurora Civic Centre (1 Municipal Dr.) on March 26th, 2009 and the keynote this year is environmental activist, Severn Cullis-Suzuki. If you are interested in attending spots are still available, please visit for more information. Another event being launched is the Markham EcoFest, an environmental festival, where students will be able to not only learn but experience the Green Lifestyle. This event is being held at the Markham Civic Centre on April 17th, 2009. If you are interested in attending , please visit