Youth Climate ambassadors (YCA) Leadership Program


The Youth Climate Ambassadors (YCA) Leadership Program provides 9-11th grade students with the opportunity to dive into social and environmental issues contributing to the global climate crisis, become empowered leaders to take action on climate change in their schools and greater community, and create a regional network of youth climate change leaders. During this year long program students will attend monthly workshops that cover a variety of topics to build their knowledge in climate change, climate justice, sustainability, and more. Throughout the program, students will develop and implement a community impact project that is designed around local climate change efforts and students will gain experience in a variety of skills including observations, interviews, survey design and implementation, data collection, and more, based on student interest and project.

The program starts in Jan 2020 - View overview flyer HERE

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Participants who complete all of the following program requirements will be eligible for a $500 stipend in December 2020.

Due by Dec 1, 2019

APPLICATION: APPLY HERE by Sunday Dec 1, 2019

Submit an application by Sunday Dec 1, 2019. Please note that you must be in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade at the start of the program (Jan. 2020) in order to be eligible to complete the program (Dec. 2020).*

Decisions will be announced in early December, 2019

*Some applicants may be asked to complete a virtual interview if follow-up questions were necessary. These interviews would take place during the first week of December 2019.

On Saturday Jan 11, 2020


Climate Ambassadors will attend an all-day retreat on Saturday, Jan. 11th, from 9 - 3:30, at the College of San Mateo (College Heights Room). The purpose of this retreat is to introduce leaders to key themes and guiding principles of the program, build community, and develop foundational skills that leaders to draw on for the entirety of the fellowship. And of course to have fun and meet new people :)

Dates Vary


There will be two gatherings each month - one in-person at the regional chapters, and one online through Zoom. These workshops serve as the cornerstone of this program and provide the ongoing opportunities for learning, skills development, community building, connecting with guest speakers and career pathways, and action plan support.

    • In Person: Ambassadors will be in regional cohorts that will meet from 7:00-9:00pm on the schedule below (we will also provide transportation stipends to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch):
          • Coast: First Monday of the month
          • North: First Tuesday of the month
          • South: First Wednesday of the month
    • Online: Zoom call will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month (starting Jan 2020) from 7:00 - 8:30.

In between workshops, Ambassadors will research and explore the current practices, operations, and culture of the school/communities and conduct interviews in the community. This research and interviews will help identify local problems and issues that will become the central focus of the community impact project.



Climate Ambassadors will attend one full-day field experience over the summer. The event will serve as a mid-point retreat and will focus around deeper skill building, taking collective action, and building awareness of local environmental issues and solutions. This will be offered on at least two different dates to accommodate the summer schedules of all Ambassadors.

On Sat Dec 5, 2020


Climate Ambassadors will work individually or in teams to design and implement a community impact project that makes some aspect of their school or greater community more environmentally sustainable (“green”).

    • Action Plan: Students will receive support and guidance on developing their action plan at the monthly workshops (both in-person and online) from Spring - Fall 2020.
    • Implementation: Students will be supported to implement their projects in Fall 2020. Students can also apply for a mini-grant of up to $500 for project implementation!
    • Capstone Event - Dec. 5: Students will present on their projects at the Capstone Event, which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. The event will also serve as a final graduation to the program.

Program Sponsors, Partners, and Contacts

Andra Yeghoian (SMCOE)

Zoe Van Duivenbode

Mike McCord