Engage Students in Climate Justice

Youth Climate Strike, SF, March 15, 2019. Source: Creative Commons.

Organizations around the country offer opportunities for young people to engage beyond the classroom with climate justice issues.

Browse our regularly-updated list of programs and events that will support your students’ or your child’s environmental justice education. Find opportunities that range from specific actions and community service projects to six-week summer camps.

 

Upcoming

Nature Bridge Summer Programs

NatureBridge offers a variety of summer programs for youth in grades K-12. From backpacking programs to summer day camps, a summer with Nature Bridge is one spent outside, exploring and learning in national parks.

Sierra Club’s Summer Programs (SPROG)

SPROG is a one-week program that teaches tools for environmental and social justice activism for young people from ages 14-28. SPROG is being held in four locations in 2019: June 30th – July 6th in Fridley, Minnesota; June 29th – July 6th in Jayuya, Puerto Rico; July 16th – 23rd in New Market, Tennessee. Additional program in the western United States TBD. Learn more.

Sunrise Movement

The Sunrise Movement keeps its website up-to-date with a calendar of National Calls and information about its fellowships. Visit the site to apply for a 2019 Sunrise Summer or Fall Fellowship.

 

Ongoing

Alliance for Climate Education

Form an Action Team, apply for an Action Fellowship, or join the ACE student network. This organization offers self-driven project ideas and programmatic opportunities to connect with young people across the country who care about climate change. Scholarship opportunities are available to members. Teachers can join the ACE teacher network.

Climate Generation (based in Minnesota)

Youth Environmental Activists (YEA!), part of Climate Generation, provides mentorship to individual student leaders, as well as education and support for an entire school club. They help students choose a project, launch a school club, and plan an effective climate campaign.

Schools for Climate Action

Schools for Climate Action is a non-partisan, grassroots, youth campaign with a mission to empower schools to speak up for climate action in order to protect current and future generations. The campaign provides students with clear action-oriented information, including step-by-step procedure, to pressure school boards to pass climate action resolutions.

Sunrise Movement

Through Sunrise, students can volunteer as little or as much time as they have to commit at a local or national level. Sunrise supports student groups at schools, called Hubs, offers fellowships, provides free trainings, provides access to its organizing calls via Zoom, and organizes students for protests and activism throughout the year.


Contact the Zinn Education Project if you have suggestions to add to this list and/or feedback on any of the organizations listed.