"We look forward to working together championing issues that are important to wildlife conservation, climate change, elimination of single-use plastics, biodiversity, saving trees and habitats, banning the captivity of cetaceans, and the health of our oceans."
The Amazing Tutors' Eco-Health and Giving Club captures the connection among healthy functioning ecosystems and the benefits of nature. We celebrated this year's charitable ecological-health giving by cleaning up two acres of forested area behind Princess Margaret Secondary. We carefully recycled, removed and sorted waste from the forest trails. Our Eco-Health Giving Club was designed as part of our Community Outreach Program to create volunteer opportunities and environments that foster our students' ability to participate in a caring, giving and supportive community. The aim was to grow our team-spirit while giving back to our community. Our integrated, hands-on Eco-Health Giving Club works in conjunction with our Eco-Friendly Harvest Giving Club which featured recycled, reclaimed, re-purposed, thrifted and upcycled supplies and items to encourage waste minimization and reuse strategies.
Dr. Maingon, an avid naturalist and a professional biologist writes that "at a time of global biodiversity collapse, Canada is the second most important of only five nations still blessed with relatively intact ecosystems. Meanwhile, as reported by the World Wildlife Foundation, Canada has lost a staggering 60 percent of its wildlife since 1970. Wilderness continues to be eliminated to this day at a rate unprecedented since the great Cretaceous extinction. Between them, Russia, Canada, Australia, the U.S.A, and Brazil house much (70 percent) of the global wilderness that remains today. While Canada's position as a wilderness champion may sound reassuring to Canadian readers, the practical reality is far more chilling. While most of our and agriculture development is clustered around the 49th parallel, the natural resource exploration and infrastructure that supports our cities, extends all over our would-be wilderness.
We rate among this planet's highest per capita energy consumers, and we have a disproportionately high impact on wilderness. The state of Canadian ecosystems can be measured not only by the impacts of the Athabasca Tar Sands Project or Site C, but by the disappearance of iconic flora and fauna accompanied by an increase in after-the-fact management by crisis. In B.C., spotted owls, a wilderness conservation emblem, have collapsed to a population of less than a dozen. Caribou populations across Canada are collapsing, largely due to decades of forestry and oil and gas extraction. The general attitude is that they are too expensive to save. Half of B.C.'s salmon populations have been found to be endangered by COSWIC (the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada), at a time when the future of iconic resident killer whales of the Salish Sea hangs in doubt through Chinook salmon collapse, intensified recreational and commercial boat traffic, and the threat of future oil tanker traffic will increase by seven fold. The Orca whales are dying due to malnutrition, starvation and toxins in the oceans. The declines of polar bears, caribou and killer whales are just the most wildly publicized concerns. We cannot expect to have healthy animals, wildlife or healthy humans, in an increasingly endangered and ecologically unhealthy wilderness. The undiscussed problem is that with our own population growth, we are turning rural landscapes into a vast economically and ecologically unsustainable suburbia. Negative encounters with wild animals should be taken as symptoms of an unhealthy environmental condition driven by mankind when we press into the wilderness and into areas occupied by wild animals and natural plant life. Humans must learn to manage their own behavior and the associated destruction of the Canadian wilderness."
Maintaining and enhancing the integrity of ecosystems and other natural features is essential for ensuring that local neighbors continue to benefit from the ecosystem services that contribute to our collective well-being and prosperity for all living organisms and friendly wildlife. There is no substitute for hard work to remove litter, plant trees, or to reduce and take plastic packaging back to the store that sold the items. We can implement eco-friendly strategies to minimize impacts on the environment, build stronger connections to community and family, forge bonds of trust, and teach self-improvement and accountability. Our guiding principles recognized that each community has unique characteristics, knowledge, experience and expertise to address prevention and early intervention for vulnerable youth. Criteria included providing integrated and collaborative services that support community capacity to build healthy relationships. Essentially, these are the core principles we impart in our programs designed to provide leadership training. We encourage our students to reflect on their interactions, to help them understand the value of caring, compassion, empathy, and to use their new awareness to help in the communities they live in. We follow a micro eco-health framework which encapsulates our efforts around ecological health and provides guiding principles, goals, and strategies to help achieve the vision of a greener, beautiful, healthy, and resilient environment for current and future generations. Students and youth help the environment while being trained in local ecological stewardship. We help renew trails, enhance local wildlife habitats and park features, plant and identify flowers and trees, monitor wildlife, and build gardens. Our micro ecological health framework sets the following high-level goals for ecological health to guide our Amazing Tutors' volunteering actions:
Ecology goal 1: Build ecological resilience and minimize impacts
Ecology goal 2: Protect natural areas and conserve ecosystem services
Ecology goal 3: Nurture nature within communities
Ecology goal 4: Integrate Biophilia and the health benefits of nature in decision making
Most families now live in cities, and we spend nowhere as much time outside as the Aboriginal and pioneers of Canada. This trend to urbanization accelerated in the second half of the 20th century in developed countries where food production slowly became mechanized. Although this has been seen as desirable progress, our migration away from nature has had adverse mental and physical health effects. Our Community Outreach Program teaches that Biophilia is an innate feeling of caring and affiliation for living entities on the planet and it is important to be a good steward in our local communities and our planet. Our Community Outreach Program in our Youth Zone is facilitated by our Youth Group team with the goal of supporting those in a positive youth and community leadership role to develop the life skills and confidence to identify and safeguard people who may be at risk of juvenile delinquency. Both of our Eco-Health Giving and the Eco-Harvest Giving Clubs are designed to help build awareness for environmental protection and reduce the risk factors associated with juvenile offenders. We support the development of our students' emotional intelligence and we teach skills that strengthen students' ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems. We base the skills and concepts taught on research that connects the development of social-emotional competence and self-regulation skills to success in school and life. The ecological health wheel outlines the different ecosystem services.
Ecosystem Services in Metro Cities (Figure 1)
Our North West Coast Ecosystem is a dynamic complex of plant, animal and microorganisms and their nonliving environment interacting as a functional unit. Ecosystem services are the benefits local neighbors obtain from ecosystems. These services can be grouped into four main types as outlined by Metro Vancouver:
Provisioning services include material and energy outputs from ecosystems, including food, fresh water, and raw materials used for construction and energy like wood.
Regulating services refer to the services provided by ecosystems in processing and assimilating pollution, stabilizing water flows and soil erosion, control local climates, and storing or sequestering carbon.
Cultural services are the non-material benefits people obtain from ecosystems through spiritual enrichment, cognitive development, recreation, and aesthetic enjoyment.
Supporting services underpin all other ecosystem services. Ecosystems provide habitats for all plants and animals while depending on a diversity of species and maintain their own functions.
Here at Amazing Tutors Children's Foundation, the Community Outreach workshops fosters a caring, learning and safe environment where discussions are openly encouraged. Students and participants learn how to communicate effectively with one another. We help our students develop critical thinking skills, problem solving, simple conversation and conflict resolution skills. We covered a range of current issues and incidents which have an effect on cohesion and multi-cultural integration. We analyzed initiatives including event planning, fundraising, environmental protection, community outreach and research.
We can help students develop their sense of the world through positive conversations with important adults in their lives. We can use our language carefully to help students learn to view themselves and others as strong individuals, free to choose their own paths. Every student should take time to visit and reflect upon his or her experience. We encourage all students to discover their unique potential.
A Kind Word from an Amazing Student
"For the last one year that I have been teaching at Amazing Tutors, I have also been working towards my Environmental Protection Technology Diploma at KPU. As a former student of Amazing Tutors, I have been accustomed to the effective values and techniques that tutors have been sharing to support and help their students succeed. These values and techniques have shaped me to become a better student and had motivated me to learn and experience more complex and interesting concepts. This led me to become a student of the Science faculty. I believe that during my time at Amazing Tutors as a student, I was mentored and received a large amount of support and encouragement in my studies, which helped me become more interested in the field of science. Please go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined."
-S. Toor, ( An Environmental Protection student at Kwantlen Polytechnique University)
"It is important for children and students to have access to mentors in their communities. When children have access to mentors in their communities, they gain a sense of belonging and connection. These relationships allow children exposure to new opportunities and perspectives to help expand their understanding of relationships and the world around them. Additionally, sharing personal connections with positive role models enables children to reach their full potential and provides them positive reinforcement of their strengths, which naturally contributes to increases in a child's self-esteem. Community-based mentors also aid in reducing social isolation and expanding a child's relationship skill set, allowing for genuine personal connections where the child can feel valued and secure and transfer those skills into other avenues of their lives."
-B. Varty ( Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver)
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Amazing Tutors Children's Foundation's Youth Leadership Development Program
Here at Amazing Tutors' Children's Foundation, we are very gratified for the depth and breadth of community support. Through our Youth Leadership Development Program, we have delivered over one thousand shelter food packs to various shelters and charities in Surrey and Vancouver. Our Youth Leadership Development Program facilitates the personal growth and leadership development in youths. We empower our youth to learn valuable leadership and life skills through a variety of diverse, spiritual experiences, peer engagement and active community. Students earn school service credits. We focus on charitable works, community outreach and service activities, education, fundraising and organized sports. Our directors emphasize the importance of leadership through education and teamwork and our programs build and instill confidence, cooperation, discipline, hope, and high self-esteem.
Our Youth Leadership Development Program challenges youths to take on a leadership role both in life and in their caring community. We integrate participants into our organization's decision making body and volunteer programs. Additionally, we strive to offer the skills and competitive edge required for personal, relational and successful community growth. Through our Youth Development Leadership Program, our students and participants use hands-on learning to develop youth-to-adult and peer-to-peer relationships based on compassion, engagement and social awareness. We offer skills training workshops in the following areas: communication, community, co-operation, environmental sustainability, global awareness, leadership, and self-awareness. For more information about our tutoring and volunteering programs, please contact us today. We welcome your inquires.
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