Learn more about our events by checking out our calendar!

Current Programs and Events

Youth-Led Campaigns

Youth4Climate currently has one youth-led campaign aimed at protecting our futures from oil extraction. Check out the Volunteer Teams page to learn about our Youth-Led Strategic Campaigns and how YOU can get involved in dynamic, fun, and influential campaigns!

Spring&Summer Happenings

“Waves of Change” Summit Spring 2023

WHEN: Aug 19, 2023 from 1-5 pm

Our summer Summit is in the planning stages.  Registration is now open.  You are also welcome to join our Summit Planning Team. 

Learn More & Help Plan!

Register Here!

Climate Community Circle

WHEN: Saturday, May 20th, from 10-11:30 AM

WHERE: Kate Sessions Park

Join us to discuss sustaining your climate action, making connections, finding your place in the movement, and taking time to recharge! We’ll be meeting at Kate Sessions Park — find us by heading towards the bathrooms.

Register Here!

Big Oil Resistance Tour

WHEN: Saturday, May 6th, from 5-7 PM

WHERE: El Centro Cultural, 2004 Park Blvd, San Diego

Join us for a dynamic show, featuring Youth v. Oil organizer Theo Martien among other local climate activists, to learn what Governor Newsom must do next to protect our communities and our climate and to join the massive movement that we’re building to demand action. Each event will feature Californians on the front lines of oil drilling, celebrities, movement leaders, music, and organizations fighting to move CA beyond fossil fuels.

Register Here!

SDUSD Electrification

Our resolution urging the Board of Education to ELECTRIFIY THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT passed unanimously on April 25th!  Check out our petition and news coverage. 

Learn More!

Eco-Club Coalition

Youth4Climate’s Eco Club Coalition is an inclusive and diverse group of high school environmental and social justice clubs from across San Diego. As a community of youth climate activists, we will use our collective power to mobilize students across San Diego and organize impactful events. While we work together on local campaigns and projects, club representatives participate in leadership workshops and connect with other youth leaders in San Diego.

Learn More Here!

Join Us!

Start Your Own Eco-Club With This DIY Handbook

Youth v. Oil Campaign

Advocate for the end of oil extraction in California!

  • Meet with elected officials
  • Mentor other students
  • Be creative on social media
  • Get policy advocacy experience

Email Maddie, our Youth v. Oil lead, to get involved: maddie@youth4climate350.org

Learn More Here!

Request a climate science + action presentation for your classroom

Email Olivia, our presentations intern, for more information: oliviaashort@icloud.com

Internships – Fall, 2022/Spring 2023

This fall, Youth4Climate will employ several high school and college interns.  We are grateful to be able to offer these students work experience while maintaining our youth-led ethos!

Meet Our Current Interns And Coordinators On The SanDiego350 Staff page!

Past Programs and Events

Spring 2023 Earth Day Campaign

Youth4Climate’s Eco Club Coalition supported students in organizing 16 dynamic, coordinated Earth Day events at high schools in San Diego County. Student attendees learned about climate justice and action, and how to take concrete action such as trying low-carbon foods, participating in rallies, contacting elected officials, and composting.  Check out the link below for pictures of the events and resources you can use to take action.

Learn More!

Carnival for the Climate

On May 15, 2023, SanDiego350 hosted a Carnival for Climate! Carnival games were played, food was served, and there were wonderful performances for attendees to watch! Thank you to all who attended and volunteered!

Spring 2023 Earth Day: Social & Art Build

Members of the Eco Club Coalition planning Earth Day Events at their schools met up for an art build social planned by the wonderful Earth Day Working Group Leads: Abby, Emma, and Charlotte. Thank you to all who attended — some incredible art was created!

Fridays for Future Oil Spill

On Mar 3, 2023, youth across the globe held strikes for climate through Fridays for Future’s Global Climate Strike. Here in San Diego, Youth v. Oil members organized and participated in a rally with an oil spill action, where fake oil was poured on four students as another narrated the devastating impact of oil drilling and described the steps both Governor Newsom and the California State Legislature need to take in order to protect communities and the planet..

Learn More!

Party for the Planet

When: December 3, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: Balboa Park

A volunteer appreciation event, an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party!

Youth Community Care Circle

When:  Sat, Nov 12 from 10 am to 11:30 am

Where: 6th Ave Playground, Balboa Park

This event was geared towards combatting Climate Anxiety through supportive and creative activities.

Climate Strike San Diego – Sep 23, 2022

In honor of Fridays For Future’s Global Day of Climate Action, on September 23rd youth and allies rallied across San Diego declaring “we do not want to inherit a damaged world!” Over 3,000 people from 20 schools throughout San Diego participated in this year’s Climate Strikes.  On this symbolic day of global solidarity, activists worldwide rallied in their respective cities to express the urgency of addressing our current climate crisis by having international school walkouts, protests, and strikes. 

Fall 2022 Youth4Climate Summit: Intersectional Changemakers

On October 9th, 2022, SanDiego350’s Youth4Climate hosted its fifth youth climate summit. We inspired and energized over 55 youth and adult supporters into action for climate!

Top reasons people were inspired to attend the Summit included: to meet other like-minded young people; to learn how to take action; and to learn more about intersectionality.

4th Annual Youth Climate Action Summit (June 11, 2022)

Every spring, Y4C hosts a Youth Climate Action Summit to empower youth throughout San Diego to rise up and protect their dreams through climate action. The 2022 Summit was a part-day, in-person event open to youth (from middle school through college), teachers, and adult supporters. The 2022 Y4C Summit theme was Creativity and Civic Action, focusing on resilience, art-ivism, and bold climate action.

Mentorship Opportunities (Spring 2022)

Two types of volunteer mentorships were available: Community Service Hour mentors (offered to college students); and Eco-Club Coalition mentors (offered to college and high school students).   The program provided a great opportunity to bolster leadership experience, to join a community of like-minded climate justice activists, have fun, and be empowered.  Training was provided.

Learn More Here!

Monthly Community Service Hours Program Meetings (Spring 2022)

The Community Service Hours (CSH) Program is designed to provide youth clear opportunities to take action for climate by supporting Youth4Climate and earn community service hours in the process. This program is geared towards students who are interested in developing skills and taking on concrete tasks without having to join a Y4C team.

Y4C Civic Leadership Club at San Diego High School (Spring 2022)

The Youth4Climate Civic Leadership Club is an interdisciplinary program to empower students to address critical climate, social, and environmental justice challenges by equipping them with the skills, networks, and self-confidence to become civic leaders. This unique leadership program focused on team-building, climate science, civic engagement training, and professional development.  The program met three times weekly for six 3-week sections.  A concurrent internship program provided job experiences to two high school interns.

Earth Day 2022 Campaign

The Eco-Club Coalition (ECC) Earth Day campaign aimed to empower students to take action and teach their peers about the climate crisis.  In 2022, Earth Day was Fri, April 22.   We designed a toolkit to help you plan your events.  (The toolkit is good for Earth Day or any day!)

Check Out the Toolkit!

Eco Friendly Holiday Craft Making Party – Sat Dec 18, 2021

Youth4Climate met in Balboa Park for our Eco-Friendly Craft Making Social! It was such a beautiful and fun afternoon. We assembled our own unique mixes of loose leaf tea, potpourri, and ingredients for simmer pots. We reused boxes and crafted wrapping paper from newspaper and old paper bags. Thank you to everyone who came to hangout and celebrate the holidays sustainably with us!

Participant Appreciation Meet Up

Oct 24th 2021 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM at Kate Sessions

This meet up was held to show appreciation for Y4C participants! We had a short yoga session plus games and time to socialize.

Youth v. Gov Documentary Screening with a Youth Plaintiff and Director Christi Cooper

Oct 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

SanDiego350’s Youth4Climate Program sponsored a virtual screening of YOUTH V. GOV, a documentary about the 21 youth plaintiffs across the U.S. in the Juliana v. US case. These young people are suing the United States government for failing to protect their right to a safe climate system. The film, not yet released for private viewing, details these young people’s tenacious battle against the United States government. Our screening included a live Q&A with director Christi Cooper AND one of the youth plaintiffs, plus time for audience discussion.

Climate Strike San Diego – Sept 24, 2021

The Global Day of Climate Action is an annual direct action rally held in September, established by Fridays for Future. This day calls upon the world leaders to make concrete commitments to fight the climate crisis. This year, it precedes the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) in November.

High school and college students marched on Sept 24 in student-led rallies.  Protests took place in downtown San Diego and Chula Vista, as well as schools around the county including Canyon Crest Academy, High Tech High, Mission Vista High, Patrick Henry High, Westview High, SDSU and UCSD.

For pix, go to our Flickr album.

Link to local KPBS news coverage, and link to San Diego Union-Tribune coverage

Weekly Youth Calls

Find Your People! High School students gathered virtually to share ideas, learn about climate issues, organizing, building community, and get inspired and empowered! Led by students. Each week students were assigned climate buddies based on students’ goals.

Eco-Club: Leaders in Action Workshop (ECCLAW)
Sat, Aug 28, 2021 2:30-5 pm (PST)

You’ll learn how to start or strengthen an Eco-club with easy-to-use tools.  During the workshop, we’ll feature expert speakers, hands-on exercises, fun social activities, community-building, and JEDI Training.  All High School and College students are welcome, regardless of experience, background, location or financial situation! You do NOT need to part of an eco-club–we’ll give you tools you can use with any club.

Learn More Here!

Make a Splash

FREE end-of-summer Make A Splash! Program, with virtual and in-person activities.  Dates: 7/22/21 through 8/26/2021, Tuesdays & Thursdays.  Join in any or all.

Learn More Here!

Internships – Spring, 2022

In Spring 2022, Youth4Climate had three paid high school interns who continued from the fall semester: Communications, Eco Club Coalition, and Youth v. Oil. We are grateful to be able to offer these students work experience while maintaining our youth-led ethos!

Internships and Fellowships – Spring, 2021

The Youth4Climate Fellowship trained and empowered paid high school fellows, organized by college interns. The  Fellowship started in January of 2021 and continued through the end of April.

Fellows built their professional and leadership skills by working to coordinate and bolster the Youth4Climate community. Each fellow worked with a team of volunteers to address one the following areas: Education and Outreach, Media, Strategic Campaigns, and Volunteer Coordination. Through the fellowship program, the fellows enriched their knowledge of the climate crisis and took action on climate justice. We are proud to be able to support high school students in building skills in areas that include: professional and interpersonal communication, media creation, volunteer engagement, meeting facilitation, public speaking, event programming, and campaign development.

The Youth4Climate Interns worked to support the high school volunteers and fellows. Interns developed fellowship trainings, provided leadership skills resources, worked with high school students one to one, coordinated events, kept up the website, and implemented inclusivity policies for the community.

Summer Camp 2021

The annual Youth4Climate Summer Camp returned in 2021. For three weeks, youth joined online to learn about how they could “Grow Into Climate Activists!” From June 21st to July 9th, Y4C hosted 3 weekly calls and 1 in-person social, each week catered towards steps in becoming a climate leader. With special guest speakers, and a great team of youth and adults planners, Y4C Summer Camp ’21 was a success!

Look Back At Summer Camp 2021

Summer Camp 2020 (Virtual)

Summer 2020. The world is on fire, and youth are on the frontlines of demanding change.  Join a community of passionate, like-minded youth making a difference.

Look Back At Summer Camp 2020

Youth4Climate’s Level Up Summer Program (2021)

Join Youth4Climate to learn about environmental justice, our climate, and how you can help ensure we have a sustainable and equitable future for all San Diegans!  Weekly afternoon sessions, in person, from July 19th-August 19th at Morse and Hoover.  We meet Monday-Thursday with new content each session, so sign up for as many weeks as you would like!

All SDUSD students attend for FREE!

Youth Climate Action Summit

One-day workshop designed to prepare youth to become climate leaders.  Included presentations about the current state of the climate, how to communicate about climate, how to build a movement, solutions to the climate crisis, climate justice issues, as well as self-care tips for climate activists.  In June, 2019, the summit was attended by youth from 20 high schools around the San Diego area; in April, 2020 and April, 2021, the program was delivered online.

View recording of the Spring 2021 Youth4Climate: Leaders in Action Summit

Youth Climate Strikes

On Friday, Sept 20, 2019, 4,000 students from over 20 high schools and universities around San Diego County walked out of school to demand climate action in conjunction with the global climate strikes associated with #FridaysforFuture.

The first Y4C Summit in 2019
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