Current Programs and Events
Youth4Climate has two youth-led campaigns aimed at protecting our futures from oil extraction and plastic pollution. 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!
4th Annual Youth Climate Action Summit
June 11, 1 to 5 pm (check in at 12:30)
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 is a part-day, in-person event that is open to youth (from middle school through college), teachers, and adult supporters. The 2022 Y4C Summit theme is Creativity and Civic Action, focusing on resilience, art-ivism, and bold climate action.
Y4C Civic Leadership Club at San Diego High School
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 focuses on team-building, climate science, civic engagement training, and professional development. The program meets three times weekly for six 3-week sections. A concurrent internship program will provide job experience to two high school interns.
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.
Monthly Community Service Hours Program Meetings
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.
Join Youth4Climate (Y4C) as a volunteer Community Service Hour mentor in the Spring of 2022 school year. We’re looking for committed college students interested in bolstering leadership experience and connecting with like minded college and high school youth! Training will be provided. If you’re looking for community, opportunities for climate justice activism, fun, and empowerment, come join us!
ECC Mentorship Opportunities (sign-ups now closed)
Join Youth4Climate (Y4C) as a volunteer mentor in the 2021-22 school year to inspire high school students. We’re looking for committed college and high school students interested in bolstering your leadership experience and connecting with other college students! Training will be provided. If you’re looking for community, opportunities for climate justice activism, fun, and empowerment, join us!
This spring, Youth4Climate has three paid high school interns who are continuing 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!
Past Programs and Events
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.