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The International Polar Year Youth Steering Committee (YSC). Amber Church and Tyler Kuhn IPY Discussion Forum, ICARP II November, 2005. Mandate. The Youth Steering Committee (YSC) was proposed to address the need for the inclusion of youth in the International Polar Year (IPY)

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The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

The International Polar Year Youth Steering Committee (YSC)

Amber Church and Tyler Kuhn

IPY Discussion Forum, ICARP II

November, 2005


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

Mandate

  • The Youth Steering Committee (YSC) was proposed to address the need for the inclusion of youth in the International Polar Year (IPY)

  • Includes youth from diverse backgrounds (science, social science, arts, indigenous groups), locations (both polar and non-polar nations) and ages (high school through post-doc)


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

Formation

  • The Canadian IPY Steering Committee approved the Canadian YSC (June 28)

  • The International YSC first announced at “Poles Together: Coordinating IPY Outreach and Education” Workshop (July 20-22)

  • Full IPY proposal for the YSC was submitted on September 30 (Proposal ID # 168) and has now been officially endorsed


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

Structure

  • Regional representatives for countries from around the world (no max number)

  • Regional representatives will be responsible for being the direct link between their national YSC’s and the international group

  • Executive of 7 (2 co-chairs, a treasurer, a secretary, and 3 directors)


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

Membership

  • Canada, New Zealand, the United States, Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Russia, UK, Germany and RAIPON

  • Expected to join soon: Denmark, France, Mongolia, Ukraine and Argentina as well as several Arctic Indigenous groups including the Sámi, Gwich’in and Inuit


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

Projects: IYCP

  • International Youth Conference on the Poles

  • Late April, 2008

  • Presentations of youth IPY research, roundtables for youth to put forward policies on polar issues, polar fair, presentations of high school year long IPY projects

  • Confirmed keynotes: Wade Davis, Shelia Watt-Cloutier and Geoff Green


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

Projects: Website

  • A portal for youth involvement in IPY

  • Opportunities for youth involvement in IPY

  • Education centre about polar issues with downloadable materials for youth to educate their peers and communities

  • Online mentorship program (Youth Science Foundation Canada)

  • It is hoped that full funding will be secured in Dec. 2005 and construction will begin in Jan. 2006


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

Projects: IGY

  • Connecting youth to participants of the International Geophysical Year (IGY)

  • Informal interview setting

  • Opportunity for IGY participants to share their experiences/ideas with the next generation of polar researchers and leaders

  • Developed into a book and/or documentary (Students on Ice) at the close of IPY


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

Projects: Legacy

  • What do the world’s youth feel that the outcomes and legacies of IPY should be?

  • Compile into a policy document

  • Use to assess the progress of IPY during 2007-2009 and after the close of IPY use to assess how successful the program has been

  • Solicit input through YSC website with an online data entry form


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

Projects: Other Examples

  • Students on Ice-YSC Expeditions

  • Polar School’s Pack

  • Katimavik

  • Training Programs

  • Tales of the Wonder Zone


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

Collaboration

  • UNESCO/IOC

  • Canadian Polar Commission

  • the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Roshydromet

  • International Arctic Social Sciences Association

  • Inuit Circumpolar Youth Council

  • Permafrost Young Researchers Network

  • Katimavik

  • Arctic Council Youth Network

  • ArcticNet Student’s Association

  • Youth Science Foundation Canada

  • Students on Ice

  • 2007 Canada Winter Games Host Committee

  • Northern Strategy’s Youth Strategy


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

EoI’s

  • Hudson Bay Summit Project

  • Polar Partnership Program

  • Students Partners Program

  • Circumpolar Indigenous Youth Conservation Network

  • Youth Links Students Symposium

  • IPY Snowflake Program


The international polar year youth steering committee ysc

Legacies of YSC

  • The YSC will leave in place a network of motivated youth that will ensure that attention of and research on the Polar Regions will not lapse once IPY has passed. It ensures that this once in a generation opportunity will extend past its official two year time span.


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