Supercrawl 2015!

Youth Taking Root was part of this year’s Supercrawl, and despite the weather, we had a very successful turnout! We would like to thank all the artists that submitted their pieces as well as the hundreds of people who voted!

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Here are the winners of the 2015 Supercrawl Student Art Showcase:

First Place: Jessica Jennings, “The Human In Us”

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Tied for second place: Ava Corey, “Tree” (left” and Haleemah Allaw, “World of Colour” (right)

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Best Environmental Message: Leroy Dobler, “Dirt on Our Hands”


As well as the art showcase, we had 2 recycled dresses on display created by YTR members Minha and Arooba Amir. Our first dress was made from newspaper and the other was made of playing cards. We had lots of people try on the dresses as well!

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Even though our summer launch is over, we still have several events planned for this fall, including an edible mushroom growing workshop and a kafir workshop, so stay tuned!


Youth Taking Root will be at this year’s Supercrawl, and we have several events planned! We will be in the Kids Zone on Saturday, September 12th from 10am to 7pm.


We are still accepting artwork from students! We will display all artwork and have the public vote for Best Environmental Message ($50) as well as their favourite piece. First place will win $75, second will win $50 and third will win $25. As well, all students will receive a thank you gift for submitting their work. Any grade and any medium is acceptable. You can submit previously created work, and you can sign up even if your work is not yet complete. If you have any questions, would like more details, or you would like your art to be part of this showcase, please email

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Along with the art showcase, we will feature dresses made from recycled materials! These dresses were created by YTR members, and will be on display for you to look at and take pictures with! “Try on” our dresses and share with #YTR !



A YTR member will be giving demonstrations on how to create native plant seed bombs! Drop by our table, make seed bombs and plant them around Hamilton! As well, we have an interactive art display for kids! Create an origami butterfly or swan,  and/or help us paint our branch to create a beautiful finished piece for our display case!

Come by our table this Supercrawl for all these events, as well as YTR information, email sign up sheets, and sign up sheets for our edible mushroom growing workshop and kafir workshop.


Do you love to create art? Want to have your work displayed at Supercrawl for a chance to win prizes? Join Youth Taking Root’s Supercrawl Student Art Showcase! We are looking for students in elementary school, middle school, high school and university to add their artwork to our display. Any medium is acceptable, including painting, drawing, digital art, sculpting, photography, recycled art, etc. The artwork should have a connection to the environment, and must be your own work. There are also lots of prizes to be won, including Best Environmental Message, the artwork with the most votes and the 2 runners up will also be awarded a prize!

If you are interested, please email for details or if you have any questions. The artwork will be displayed on Saturday, September 12 in the Kids Zone. All artwork will be returned to the artist, and if your work is digital, we can print it out for you! Please email as soon as possible as we only have 3 weeks until the showcase!

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July Art Crawl



Come visit us during the JULY ART CRAWL, the evening of July 10th! Did you know Art Crawl is not only on James St. N but extends to Wilson St. East?  That’s right!  Come visit us at 22 Wilson Street East, at the Sonic Unyon Building. Some of the activities we have planned for you are:

@ 6:30 pm: FREE Homemade Soap making workshop Starting at 6:30 pm upstairs in the Environment Hamilton Office Drop in or RSVP to secure your spot!  Bring home your very own homemade soap bar made with safe, natural ingredients.  Workshop is led by Amina Suhrwardy.

Space is limited! E-mail to RSVP.

Throughout the night:

Sign ups for our FREE youth leadership workshop We will be hosting a free event planning workshop for youth on July 14th at the NGen Youth Centre. (targeted towards high school and university students) Space is limited so this is your chance to sign up!

Interactive art installation
Join us in making a small collaborative art piece to be displayed in the Sonic Unyon Building’s display case!  Fun for kids and youth.

Hope to see you there!

Leadership Workshops

Yesterday, Youth Taking Root hosted its first leadership workshop. Patricia Wright spoke to the participants about the keys to effective public speaking, and how spoken/verbal delivery, non-verbal delivery and picking topics you’re passionate about all contribute to better speeches and presentations. After her presentation, each participant was asked to use the tips and resources they were given to give a short speech on a topic of their choosing. Everyone learned a lot, and found new ways to improve their public speaking. We would like to thank Patricia who gave a phenomenal presentation and taught us how to be more confident when speaking in front of larger audiences. We would also like to thank NGen for partnering with us for this workshop.


We will be holding another leadership workshop on Tuesday,  July 14th on event planning. The event planning workshop will take place at NGen from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. This event is free, and pizza will be provided. To attend this workshop, please sign up here: 

Youth Taking Root Leadership Workshops

Youth Taking Root (part of Environment Hamilton) and NGEN are having two free leadership workshops. These workshops are targeted at students and young leaders to improve their event planning and public speaking, so that they can apply the information they learn to their school eco-clubs. These events will be held on June 30th and July 14th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the New Generation Youth Center (on 24 Main Street West). Register before June 26th at since there is limited space!  Refreshments will be available, so if you want to have a good time, learn about important skills and eat food then you should come to these workshops!

Youth Taking Root 2015 Grants

Thank you to all of the schools who applied for Youth Taking Root’s Secondary School Environment Project Funding. We would like to congratulate Westdale, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Guy B Brown Public School, Westview and Nora Henderson on receiving $100 for their environmental projects. Westdale is holding a “Spring in the Garden” event, where they will hold garden tours, showcase environmental organizations and sell school-made preserves and seedlings. Sacred Heart of Jesus is purchasing a composter for their playground to reduce the amount of organic waste being thrown out. Guy B Brown Public School is planting 5 native tree species around the school to encourage sustainability and promote diversity. Westview is planting a small garden around their office. Nora Henderson is greening their front yard as part of a breakout session of their “Speak Up” day. Youth Taking Root would like to thank IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership for providing us with the funding to make these grants possible.

Youth Taking Root Grant Applications

The deadline for our $100 Eco-Club Grant has been extended to April 7th at 5pm! To apply, fill out this application and email it to Joy Liu at


Need ideas? Check out our guidebook, “Youth Taking Root Guide to Environmental Campaigns“. It is a guideline for campaigns involving food, energy, waste and more! It also contains the materials, time, budget, suggested dates and tips to make the campaign even more successful!

Saturday March 14th Meeting

Happy March!

We are opening up our doors at the Environment Hamilton Office (22 Wilson Street, Sonic Unyon Building 2nd Floor) on March 14th at 10:30 am!!!

Whether you have burning questions about Youth Taking Root or is just curious about what we do, please join us at this information session!

We will be talking about how you can get a grant for your school, the learning trips we plan on taking and how you can get involved to earn your volunteer hours.

Students, Teachers and parents are all welcome, whether you’re in middle school, high school or post-secondary.

Please feel free to e-mail if you plan on coming or have any questions.

See you there!