Youth Climate Institute

Educating and certifying the next generation of leaders on
climate science, environmental justice and real world solutions.

What is the Youth Climate Institute?

Climate change is the biggest threat affecting our collective futures. Yet, when we recognize young people’s achievements as they transition from high school into the world, environmental achievements are largely unrecognized. This program supports students as they build their resumes and skills at a pivotal time for their college and career goals and builds a cadre of science literate climate ambassadors prepared to make an impact.

In this program students can achieve two certification levels – Certified Ambassador and Certified Ambassador with Honors. Program components include climate science and climate communications courses, community action projects, and a capstone project guided by a mentor. Through their community projects, students identify and initiate actions that lessen the effects of climate change on human health, biodiversity, and the economy.

Start a new chapter of the Youth Climate Institute in your area.

Youth Climate Institute –
Howard County Chapter

Howard County has piloted the Youth Climate Institute for the last two years.

Ambassadors have participated in courses related to climate science, impacts, solutions, legislation and policy, environmental justice, and food waste.

Students action projects topics include energy, tree planting, education & messaging, food & agriculture, and legislation. Each team is mentored by a professional in the field. 

Program Honors & Recognition:

Students will develop leadership skills in climate action and earn the following upon completion of the program:

  • Graduation cords and pins
  • A YCI “digital badge” that students can utilize on online profiles
  • Eligibility for college scholarships

See our ambassadors in action on social media!

Become a Youth Climate Ambassador! Howard County 10th or 11th grade students are eligible to apply.

Interested in being a mentor? We are looking for professionals and community leaders who want to help inspire future climate leaders.

The Youth Climate Institute is a program of the Howard County Conservancy