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Youth Climate Ambassador Program

The County of San Mateo’s Office of Sustainability, in partnership with San Mateo County’s Office of Education, Peninsula Clean Energy, and Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame, recently launched a new youth climate change leadership program for 9th-11th grade students who live or go to school in San Mateo County. While the past two years have not gone according to plan due to COVID-19, the first year of the completely remote YCA program in 2021 was a huge success and a great learning experience for youth participants and staff. 

The application for the 2021 Youth Climate Ambassadors program is now open and applications are being accepted until Sunday, November, 29 at 11:59 p.m. 

Background of the program:

  • The YCA program is a year-long, youth leadership program that provides students with the opportunity to dive into social and environmental issues contributing to the global climate crisis. 
  • Through the program, students will build their knowledge of climate change, explore various climate solutions, and develop a final project to create positive, environmental change within their school or local community. 
    • Example projects developed by students in the 2020 cohort include: building a native plant garden, installing rain barrels, hosting virtual Coastal Clean-Up Day events, advocating for renewable energy usage, and more! See 2020 projects here. 
  • Program is open to all 9th-11th grade students who live or go to school in San Mateo County. 

YCA participants will:

  • Connect with peers across the county and join a network of youth climate leaders
  • Connect and network with local professionals working on climate change and sustainability
  • Transform knowledge of climate change into local climate action 
  • Receive funding for their final project (up to $500)
  • Receive a stipend for completing the program ($500 per student)

*Additional support is provided for low-income students. 

Learn more about the program and apply today!

Question? Please email Kamille Lang at: klang1@smcgov.org.