Jackson Session


Monday Afternoon Plenary
27 June, 1:45 PM
Workshop Block 2
Monday 27 June, 3:15 PM

Simon Jackson

If anyone doubts that one person can make a difference, Simon Jackson — and his incredible story of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition — puts that doubt to rest. At the age of 13, Jackson embarked on his quest to save the white Kermode bear, giving rise to the world’s first and biggest youth-run environmental movement and the largest land protection measure in North American history. Now an expert at youth engagement, he encourages audiences to understand that youth are a fascinating — and largely misunderstood — demographic that can affect our world in myriad ways, from galvanizing support for environmental issues, to leveraging the power to swing the vote. Jackson shares his approach to youth mobilization, along with a series of critical strategies that can help make youth meaningful participants in any vision. By breaking down what works and what doesn’t work, he offers a step-by-step blueprint for increasing youth participation in any realm.

Keynote: The Power of Youth Engagement

Simon will share his approach to youth mobilization, along with a series of critical strategies that can help make youth meaningful participants in any vision. By breaking down what works and what doesn’t work, he offers educators a step-by-step blueprint for increasing youth participation in any realm.