For Chapters

For Chapters

The Youth Climate Institute provides local chapters with all the tools they need to educate and certify climate leaders and community stewards.

The goal of this program is to educate and empower student climate ambassadors. Through this program, students will identify and initiate action in their communities that lessens the adverse effects of climate change on human health, biodiversity and the economy.

Resources and Support

Support from YCI includes:

  • Membership platform for students and chapter leaders to learn, share and connect
  • Access to live workshops and online learning resources
  • Library of recorded expert talks
  • Guidelines for action projects
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Collaboration opportunities
  • YCI Staff Support
  • Access to YCI sustainable swag
  • Supporting Mother Earth and the next generation of leaders

Upcoming Chapter Interest Meetings

Interested in leading a chapter at your school or organization? Chapters can be led by teachers, informal educators, or even parents.

Upcoming Dates:

  • June 27, 2024 (6 – 6:30 PM EST)

Register for a virtual Chapter Interest Meeting here!

Interested in starting a chapter?

Are you interested in starting a chapter of the Youth Climate Institute in your area? Please complete this form to receive additional information.


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It is heartening to see young people so interested and invested in our climate’s future. It gives me great hope that they will have a significant impact on their peers and society moving forward.

Suzanne Hughes, chapter leader, Reservoir High School

YCI has been an amazing opportunity for my students to explore the science behind climate change as well as individual actions they can take to reduce their own impact. My students are empowered to have not only knowledge about problems, but also knowledge about how they can be part of the solution.

Shari Rosenberg, chapter leader, Oakland Mills High School

Teaching high school students about climate change can be tricky because you need to teach them the science behind it while being optimistic about their future by presenting solutions. Being a chapter leader for the YCI has been a positive experience for me because I witness students being exposed to knowledgeable speakers from various backgrounds who don’t sugarcoat what is happening to our planet but also empower our youth by presenting solutions.

Rita Allan, chapter leader, Howard High School

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