TakingITGlobal.org is the social network that connects you to the global issues that affect us all. TakingITGlobal enables a collaborative learning community which provides youth with access to global opportunities, cross-cultural connections and meaningful participation in decision-making.
Over the past 12 years, as co-founder and executive director of TakingITGlobal, Jennifer has designed and delivered an extensive range of interactive learning experiences with the aim of empowering youth as community leaders. In 2002 she developed TakingITGlobal's first edition of the Guide to Action which was utilized by the Toronto District School Board as part of a leadership course. In 2003, as part of her undergraduate thesis at York University, Jennifer conducted a study on the Role of Youth that later inspired her follow-up research at York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies where she completed her Masters with a concentration on Youth Engagement and Capacity Building Across Cultures. Her thesis project focused on revisiting the Guide to Action framework by leveraging the insights and experiences of youth leaders from around the world. These findings have informed recent edition of the overall TakingITGlobal Guide to Action along with the issue-specific guides on HIV/AIDS and Climate Change. Jennifer has also directed or partnered with numerous research institutions related to youth and online civic engagement. Publications can be found on TakingITGlobal. Jennifer's role in the Sprout e-course is to provide overall support and guidance for the project, leveraging her research insights, networks and direct leadership experiences in order to deliver an impactful program.
Kristle launched her first social venture at the age of 19 and hasn't stopped since. Today, she inspires, informs and empowers others to build a better world through Inspired Practice. Established in 2007, Inspired Practice is a social-purpose enterprise that creates strategies and tools for conscientious businesses and enterprising non-profits to grow sustainably. Currently, Kristle leads and manages social innovation programming for TakingITGlobal. These programs including Sprout, Change Inc. and the Pearson Fellowship are designed to build the capacity of a new generation of youth to translate their talent, energy and ingenuity into real and lasting impact.
When she is not at work, Kristle can be found building a better city as a member of the Toronto Board of Health, climbing the world's most glorious mountains, and blogging about inspired living.
There were many people who had a hand in developing Sprout since its start in 2008. We are greatly indebted to the following people:
Rob Meyer Web Developer, Sprout E-course 2008-2012
Nigel Ayow Graphic Design, Sprout E-course, 2008-2012
Jeff Clemens Sprout E-course Education Assistant, 2011 Cycle B
John Jardin Sprout E-course Program Assistant, 2010 Cycle C
Laura Gergley Sprout E-course Case Manager, 2010 Cycle C + Program Manager, Spring/Summer 2010
Emily Briggs Sprout E-course Program Manager, Spring 2007- Winter 2010
Nadine Ibrahim Sprout E-course Program Assistant, 2009
Chan Drepaul York Sustainable Entreprise Consultants
Valerie Kitchell York Sustainable Entreprise Consultants
Sarah Degendorfer Sprout E-course Communications Assistant, Spring 2009