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The first semester of YLS will commence September, 2018.

Registration is still OPEN.  There are a few seats left

Read the section below, then …

Registration and Course Selection

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Applicants should read the questions and responses below, then complete the online application form.  This form is submitted electronically after completion.
  2. After YLS registration is finalized, participants will be directed to enroll in YLS through the Kenner Collegiate Guidance department.  This part of the process needs to be completed by noon, January 31st.

YLS Questions & Answers

Who can apply for YLS?

YLS is ideally suited for grade 11 students, but can fit well for grade 12 and returning students too. Applicants should then be in grade 10, 11 or 12 and must be in either the applied/college or academic/university stream.

Applicants need not be presently enrolled at one of the 6 Peterborough City public high schools (4 KPR, 2 PVNC), but they do need to be able to get to and from Trent University for school each day, and to/from downtown Peterborough for days where our programming starts or finishes in town.

Home-schooling students are welcome to apply.

When does registration close?

New YLS applications will be accepted until the class cap of 25 has been reached.  There are presently about 4 seats left (early April, 2018).  Feel free to email info@yls.green if you’re not sure of status.

What are the selection criteria?

If the program is over-subscribed, YLS will select students whose applications suggest they would gain the most from the program, and who will contribute to the program. YLS retains the right to speak with home school guidance councilors to confirm that YLS is a good “fit” for a student.

How many students will be accepted for YLS?

The program is limited to 25 participants. This slightly smaller class size better facilitates our (frequent) workshop participation, regional travel, overseas touring, and physical classroom space at Trent U.

I will be in Grade 11. Can I take grade 12 courses?

Yes. Although the official pre-requisite for the two grade 12 courses is at least one grade 11 course in English, Canada and World Studies or Social Sciences and Humanities, this prerequisite is being waived for YLS students. YLS Program Director Cameron Douglas has taught these courses many times and is confident that serious grade 11 students will be successful.

Will the “Contemporary Aboriginal Voices” (NBE3U/C) course be recognized as a valid English course by Universities and Colleges?

Yes. It is a full English equivalent — but is named out of the Native Studies provincial curriculum section. It is now being offered as an English credit at several KPR schools and is the only grade 11 English course offered at North Hastings High School in Bancroft. In this course, students will explore Indigenous perspectives through Indigenous authors from around the world. These perspectives will be used to help build the framework for understanding sustainability “best practices.”

I will already have my grade 11 and 12 English credits by start of YLS. What should I do?

You have 2 options.

  1. If you are in grade 12 now and set to take Eng4U or Eng4C in 2nd semester, consider swapping another course in for English 2nd semester, and instead take your grade 12 English as part of YLS.
  2. If option #1 above does not work, take NBE3U/C with YLS as an additional English credit (although NBE counts as an “equivalent”, the Province accepts it as an additional credit – so you would have an extra English credit to count towards graduation).  This option facilitates the important YLS learning  around Indigenous perspectives on the land.

Other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What kinds of students would enjoy and benefit from YLS?

To enjoy and benefit from the YLS program, participants should share a concern for the state of our planet and a desire take positive, meaningful action to solve problems. They should enjoy learning in outdoor settings, be looking forward to developing their interpersonal skills as they support leadership development, and have an open mind for travel – both regionally and to Europe.

The YLS program is not for everyone. Our program is very focused, content-wise. Our daily schedule will change frequently, some times on short notice. High variety in our learning activities will require an open mind. On some travel or workshop days, our learning will take us past regular school finish time. The Study Tour will involve long hours and have us out of the country for two weeks, so students need to be able to set aside other commitments during that period.

Will there be school busing to Trent University?

Unfortunately, no. YLS students should purchase City Transit bus passes. There is very frequent (every 10 minutes) public transit to Trent University during the morning and afternoons, and we will frequently be using the transit system to get to field locations around the city. The University is also well served by the Rotary Greenway trail for students riding their bicycles.

Can I select the YLS courses from my home school?

No. YLS is administered through Kenner CVI, and you must be registered as a Kenner student during the YLS semester. After acceptance to the program, you will be notified about how to proceed with the Kenner YLS course selection. You will automatically be transfered back to your home school for 2nd semester.

Can I still play sports for my home school during the YLS semester?

Unfortunately not – the usual OFSAA transfer rules apply.  If you play a sport (for Kenner) during YLS, it must not be a sport you played at your home school the year before.  Similarly, when you are back at your home school, you can’t play a sport you played at Kenner during YLS.  For most applicants with “preferred” sports, in practical terms, this means sitting out on the preferred sport during YLS (if it is a fall sport).  Spring sports are not an issue.

How much does YLS cost?

The YLS program received an Ontario Trillium “Seed” Grant for its start up year.  All regional travel and workshop costs (eg. 2 week green build with the Endeavour Center) are covered by this grant.  There is no cost to participate in YLS, except for students purchasing bus passes to get to/from Trent U.

Students are already being taught about sustainability. How is YLS different?

While all students should encounter sustainability themes in grade 9 geography and grades 9 and 10 science, emphasis will very from class to class. Further, the crucial sustainability relationships between science, economics, geography, culture and politics do not receive sufficiently focused attention in provincial curriculum except in the optional grade 12 World Issues course. At present, the Environment and Resource Management course is not being taught in KPR City of Peterborough schools.

The Integrated Curriculum nature of YLS gives students the opportunity to take more class trips than are possible in a regular semester (and a study tour!), and facilitates truly interdisciplinary learning within politics, culture, literature, business, economics and science.  Existing Environmental and Outdoor leadership programs schedule students together for the entire day to get around this field trip challenge, but these programs focus more on outdoor and recreational skills/certification and related leadership.

Offer Programming Support

YLS’s teaching and learning model recognizes and aims to take advantage of the fact that the surrounding community is rich with sustainability educators and practitioners within government, non-government and private sectors.

If you have something you are willing to contribute to YLS programming — as a guest in our Trent U classroom or in your field location — YLS Program Director Cameron Douglas would be happy to hear from you!