Learn more about our events by checking out our calendar!

Current Programs and Events

Youth-Led Campaigns

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!

Fall Happenings

Art Build

When: Sept 11, 2022 at 1 pm – 4 pm

Where: Kate Sessions Park

Youth4Climate is supporting climate strikes on September 23rd, empowering youth to rise up for our futures and demand that world leaders take action to avoid climate breakdown. And we need art to get the message across and compel people to join the movement!

Join us to build signs, listen to music, and connect with new friends in a semi-structured format.  No art or climate experience necessary–we will have templates and guidlines for you to follow if you wish. Please bring your friends to this fun, creative, and social event.

Register Here!

Climate Strike San Diego – Sep 23, 2022

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, we demand policymakers and world leaders to prioritize #PeopleNotProfit

Learn More Here!

Fall 2022 Youth4Climate Summit: Intersectional Changemakers

When: October 9th from 1pm to 5pm

Where: UC San Diego Climate Action Lab

The Fall 2022 Youth4Climate Summit is for any young person interested in realizing their power to join the growing climate justice movement, and for any teacher or adult who wants to understand how to support these change makers! In this interactive and experiential event, you will learn about:

  • critical intersections between climate and other social justice issues
  • your unique niche within effective youth-led campaigns
  • how to engage your school community, such as through clubs

Whether you are brand new to this type of advocacy or an experienced organizer, this event will be a safe and structured space to grow and meet new people.

Registration cost: $25, with options to pay a partial fee or receive a full fee waiver.

Learn More Here!

Register Here!

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!

Start Your Own Eco-Club With This DIY Handbook

Internships – Fall, 2022

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

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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