Our New Leaders Initiative is part of a larger web of groups supporting youth leadership. Check out some of our favorite groups offering training, support, and youth-driven campaigns.
Youth Empowered Action Camp
Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is a unique and inspiring summer
leadership program for youth ages 12-17 who want to make a difference in
the world. A week-long sleep-away program in a beautiful camp setting,
YEA campers choose an issue of importance to them (for example, some
have chosen climate change, racism, homophobia, immigration, or animal
rights) and they build the knowledge, skills, confidence and community
to take action on that issue once they get home. They also build
meaningful friendships between youth and adults with similar interests
in bettering their community and society.
Young Voices for the Planet
is certainly no shortage of young people who care about the planet these days, those
that are willing to stand up for what they believe in and do something to
change the world are deserving of a wide audience, support and empowerment –
which is the goal of Young Voices on Climate Change.
With their series of short films, Young Voices on Climate
Change aims to increase the presence and visibility of young activists who are
using science and data to help reduce the carbon footprint of their homes,
communities and states. These films represent success stories which are not
only impressive with regard to the results achieved, but are also highly replicable
projects and campaigns. They therefore serve the all-important function as being
a source of inspiration for other aspiring movers and shakers.
Check out these awesome videos here and contribute your voice to
the cause: http://www.youngvoicesonclimatechange.com/
Girls Gone Green
Hayden Panettiere, Mischa Barton, Ellen Page, everyone’s going green these days, but saving the environment is a large task for anyone to take on, especially a teenager. Yet the everyday green girls profiled here have a passion to do just that. They’ve stepped up, taken the initiative, and made their voices heard, and in doing so, they have helped to effect change from creating a cosmetics line free of toxic chemicals to trying to conquer global warming to encouraging the use of wind power. Filled with stories from real girls who made a difference, plus lots of celebrity green girls who are doing their part to help out, Girls Gone Green gives girls everywhere the inspiration to do something to help their world. It doesn’t matter how small the change is, it only matters that you make the effort to bring about that change. Available now on Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble and at independent bookstores near you! http://www.penguin.com/girlsgonegreen
Also, join the facebook page at: facebook.com/girlsgonegreen
Check out a number of Brower Youth Award winners and the program director, all featured in the new book Girls Gone Green, a fun, hip, and inspiring book about girls who’ve taken the initiative to “go green.”
Campus Climate Challenge Kids vs. Global Warming
Launched in part by a former Brower Youth Award recipient and with numerous past recipients in leadership roles, this coalition is easily one of the most powerful student networks in North America. With 37 partner organizations and 500+ local groups the Challenge unites young people to fight for and win clean energy and climate policies on campus while demanding that governments and corporations do the same.
vs Global Warming is a non profit organization founded and led by BYA 2009 awardee Alec
Loorz. It's a group of kids that educate
other kids about the science of global warming and empower them to take
educational presentations, community activism projects, multi-media,
and leadership training.
Created by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Earth Force is a national organization that focuses its programs on schools, teachers and kids 10-14 who want to create environmental solutions in their communities. They provide curriculum resources for teachers, and opportunities for young people to be leaders in environmental issues, including nationally on their Youth Advisory Board (ages 12-17), of which 2001 Brower Youth Award recipient Grayson Schleppegrell was a member.
National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program
In addition to Fellowships, NWF has a well-established program helping campuses pursue a range of “Greening Projects,” from transportation to environmental purchasing. They also conduct trainings in support of these projects for teams on students, faculty, and administrators from schools enrolled in the Campus Ecology Program. Their Campus Environmental Handbook lists success stories of Greening Projects from around the country. College campuses can become members of the Campus Ecology program.
Roots & Shoots
The Roots & Shoots program, founded by renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, works with tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, connecting youth of all ages who share a common desire to implement successful community service projects and participate in special events and global campaigns. Many projects focus on wildlife, with environment and people-centered programming as well.
Sierra Student Coalition (SSC)
Founded by Adam Werbach, Sierra Student Coalition is the “student-run arm of the Sierra Club” and has produced nearly ten Brower Youth Award winners. SSC, through the Sierra Club’s national network of state chapters and its own student activist network, gets high school and college students involved in national environmental campaigns while providing great support, training, and resources. David Brower was the primary architect of the Sierra Club’s lobbying and political efforts as the Club’s first Executive Director from 1952-69.
Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)
A student-run national network of students and campus environmental groups (mostly college, some high schools) with a history of championing environmental justice campaigns at the local and national level. Tends to be less hierarchical, and more radical with a broader range of tactics (including direct action) than groups associated with an existing national environmental group.
Teens For Planet Earth
A social networking site for teens who want to protect the planet, launched by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Choose a project, connect with others, and make a difference.
North American Tunza Youth Network
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is looking for university and high school students from the U.S. and Canada who want to use education to mobilize the public to address climate change and conserve natural resources.
Apathy is Boring
Apathy is Boring is a Canadian non-partisan project that uses art,
media and technology to encourage active citizenry, outreaching to a
broad demographic of youth about how to be more involved in their
communities and the democratic process.