Mission

Empowering youth to become climate leaders working together for an equitable, sustainable, and resilient future.

For Youth & By Youth
Building Community & Inspiring Action

Find Your People! Find Your Passion! Find Your Power!

 

SanDiego350

Youth4Climate is a program of SanDiego350 (https://sandiego350.org/), an organization that is building a movement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and climate injustice through education and outreach, public policy advocacy, and mobilizing people to take action.  

Y4C was originally formed by SanDiego350’s Youth Engagement Team (https://sandiego350.org/youth-engagement-team/).   Youth are welcome to get involved with other SD350 volunteer teams and campaigns as well.  For more information, see https://sandiego350.org/campaigns/.

What We're Working On

  • Supporting youth-led campaigns, including Youth v. Oil and a coalition of high school eco-clubs.
  • Planning direct actions, like rallies and strikes.
  • Delivering programming to develop the leadership and skills of youth leaders, including an annual Youth Climate Action Summit, summer programs, and after school programs.
  • Working with local organizations to engage teachers into action for climate.

What Our Volunteers Do

  • Develop educational programs to empower youth climate leaders.
  • Hold interactive events, such as art builds, socials, and voter registration parties.
  • Use email and social media to communicate with and engage Y4C members.
  • Create petitions and collect petition signatures.
  • Meet with elected officials and speak at public meetings.
  • Organize youth to take action.

Team Accomplishments

  • We organized and supported youth to lead climate strikes in Sept 2019, Sept 2021, and Sept 2022 – thousands of San Diego students participated and demanded climate action, with support from the San Diego Unified School Board.
  • In 2022, we held 2 in-person summits. Our Spring Summit drew in 36 participants, and our Fall Summit attracted 58 participants.
  • We’ve trained hundreds of youth climate leaders on climate science, communication, civic engagement, and activism via our Youth Climate Action Summit, Summer Camp, and other programs.
  • Our Youth v. Oil campaign successfully got these entities to pass resolutions calling on Gov. Newsom to end oil drilling in California and protect frontline communities:
    • San Diego City Council, San Diego Unified School Board, Sweetwater Unified School Board, San Diego County Board of Education, and UC Berkeley.

2022 - 2023 INTERNS & COORDINATORS

Maddie Chesebro
Youth v. Oil Intern

Maddie coordinates the Youth v. Oil campaign, a part of Youth4Climate, which works with elected officials to pass legislation that encourages a just transition from oil reliance. She is currently a senior at Granite Hills High School, and is hoping to major in Environmental Policy/Sociology in college. Maddie runs her school’s Environmental and Social Justice Club and has co-led the 2022 Y4C Summit, along with her social media managing work. She is extremely passionate about making every voice heard and uplifted, and is excited for her future in climate related work.

Sydney Chan
Youth4Climate Intern

Sydney is the Youth4Climate intern and a junior at Canyon Crest Academy. As a young person involved in the movement, they aim to urge their peers to finding their voices and taking action. During her time as the Youth4Climate intern, she’ll onboard members and plan events & actions. By channeling community power into organization, they hope to create an impact within climate activism and its further intersections.

Megan Phelps
Youth4Climate Program Coordinator

Megan develops and leads SD350’s Youth4Climate Program for youth climate leaders. In spring of 2021, she graduated with high honors as a Regents Scholar from UC Davis with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management. At UC Davis, she founded and led a climate action club, and she continues to pressure the administration to end its reliance on fossil fuels for energy. Megan also works at the Climate Psychology and Action Lab at UC San Diego, where she researches how to inspire collective action for climate justice.

Lexi Rueff
Youth4Climate Volunteer Coordinator

Lexi works to understand the interests and skills of Y4C volunteers and get them engaged in the work.  Lexi has been an enthusiastic part of Youth4Climate since 2020. Lexi graduated from Indiana University in 2017, where she double majored in Spanish and Comparative Literature and minored in Anthropology. She is currently in a Sustainability Leadership masters program at Claremont Lincoln University. She is passionate about the ocean and plastic pollution and is proud to be part of the youth-led climate movement!

ALUMNI INTERNS

Evalyse Estradaflores
Communications Intern

Evalyse was a high school senior and Eco-Club president at Otay Ranch High School. Evalyse worked to develop an engaging and inspiring communications plan to inform, inspire, and engage the Youth4Climate community. Through her love of public speaking and content creating Evalyse focused on expanding Youth4Climate’s audiences and captivating their enthusiasm for climate action! She hoped to empower her generation to take action in protecting the planet!

Theo Martien
Eco Club Coalition Intern

Theo has been working to develop and expand SD350’s coalition of environmental and social justice oriented clubs. As an intern they were a junior at Mt. Everest Academy, where he runs a social justice club. As an intern, Theo hoped to cultivate a community of climate leaders and fight for climate justice.

Keala Minna-Choe
Youth v. Oil Intern

Keala has been working to phase out fossil fuels and advocate for a just transition to renewable energy. As a youth, she believes that helping fight our current climate crisis is the best way to help preserve her future. As the Youth v. Oil Intern, she worked to design resolutions for students to call upon the CA Governor to stop issuing new oil drilling permits and create a comprehensive plan to phase current oil sites out. Keala has been a student at Canyon Crest Academy and hoped to learn more about how she can make the world a better place.

IMPACT STORIES

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