YCJ Fellowship

What is the Youth and Climate Justice Fellowship?

The mission of the Youth and Climate Justice (YCJ) Fellowship is to engage and unite youth in leadership development and educational opportunities to strengthen their connection to the climate justice movement. Youth from WNYEA member, partner or affiliate organizations, especially those on the front lines of climate change impacts, are invited to join the program to learn advocacy techniques and tools through participation in advocacy events, training and workshops. The YCJ aims to empower young individuals to be successful climate justice leaders within their host organizations, schools, homes and the region more broadly.

Youth preparing for NYC Climate Rally, 2017

Who is eligible?

This Fellowship is for exceptionally driven individuals, ages 16-25, who want to ensure that their perspective is represented in the WNY climate justice movement and in decision-making that impacts their future. Applicants are passionate about climate change issues impacting their community and committed to participating in all of the opportunities offered through the Fellowship.

As a Fellow, what do you gain from the program?

Through the YCJ Fellowship, you will sharpen your knowledge of climate change issues and solutions, connect with regional environmentally focused organizations and develop leadership and communications skills. This program provides unique opportunities that will build your resume with added skills and experience. The Fellowship is an opportunity for you to deepen connections with other youth activists, strengthening our region’s voice for environmental, social, and economic justice.

Previous Youth and Climate Justice Fellows have participated in the following advocacy events:

  • Buffalo Humanities Institute Festival
  • Justice & Ecology training on the Movement Generation framework
  • Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group: It Takes a Region Conference
  • WNY Climate Action Summit
  • Peoples Climate Movement March
  • Shine A Light Teach-In

For more information, contact Emily Dyett at emily.dyett@growwny.org

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