Developing the Citizens of Tomorrow

Citizenship In Action – Empowering Youth Leaders’ goal is to support student-led citizenship initiatives that will have a positive and sustainable impact in the community. Since 2012, TEPF has helped students with such wide ranging endeavors as establishing composting and recycling programs in their school, finding ways to conserve water in a community with a water shortage, using a school mural on a city fence to decrease graffiti, and using gardening to teach lifelong stress reduction skills. To date over 100 initiatives in our partner school districts have received TEPF’s support.

Successful Citizenship In Action initiatives are shared here on TEPF’s website, and on our social media channels, so that all communities can benefit and strive to promote responsible decision-making and positive behaviour changes.

Citizenship in Action Guidelines:

  1. Projects must be student-led and initiated
  2. Projects must have a positive and sustainable impact in the school or community
  3. The project must fall under one or more of TEPF’s core pillars
  4. Travel costs or speaker honourariums cannot be funded
  5. Each successful application must submit a report six months after funding is received






Initiatives must be led by students, and must fall into the following four Pillars of Citizenship:

Community and Relationships

Contributes to the community and society


Respects the environment and seeks to improve our “footprint” on local ecosystems

Health, Wellness and Safety

Takes responsibility for learning about and acting on health, wellness and safety information

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Projects related to either innovation or start-ups and entrepreneurship

Become a part of Citizenship in Action today.

NEW – Environmental Actions Program

TEPF is pleased to launch and offer this exciting new environmental program to schools throughout Alberta. We know that environmental excellence and energy reduction is of paramount importance to all Albertans.  Our goal is to help build environmental literacy through student-led programs or initiatives in order to equip our future environmental stewards with the skills to tackle complex environmental challenges.

The “Environmental Actions” Program will grant up to $1000 for schools running student-led projects and programs that have a measurable positive and sustainable environment or energy reduction impact. This program is designed to help students initiate and run environmental projects year after year. Some examples include establishing and maintaining composting and recycling programs, growing community gardens, pursuing the installation of solar panels, water and energy conservation initiatives.

Successful Environmental Action initiatives are shared on TEPF’s website and social media channels so that all communities can benefit and strive to promote responsible decision-making and positive behaviour changes.

Environmental Action Guidelines:

  1. Initiatives must be led by students
  2. Projects must be environment or energy conservation focused and have a positive, measurable and sustainable impact in the school and/or community
  3. Funding is available to schools, once per school year
  4. Travel costs or speaker honorariums cannot be funded
  5. To share the positive environmental story and collect measurable outcomes, approved applicants must answer a TEPF survey once a year.

Note: The Environmental Actions program will be replacing the Citizenship in Action program. The Citizenship in Action program will be closed permanently on June 30, 2018

Become a part of the Environmental Actions Program today.

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Thank you to our sponsors who support
Citizenship In Action and its goals:

TEPF could not help as many students as it does without the continued support of our business partners. As a non-profit organization, TEPF prides itself on the strong relationships it develops with companies, organizations, and individuals, and serves as an essential link between their generosity and the students

Interested in supporting Citizenship in Action?