Climate change is the biggest threat affecting our collective futures. Yet when young people transition from high school into the world, their achievements in the environmental field are largely unrecognized. The Youth Climate Institute supports students as they build their resumes and skills at a pivotal time for their college and career goals. Along the way, YCI is forming a cadre of science-literate ambassadors prepared to make an impact on the climate crisis ahead of us all.
In this program students can achieve two certification levels – Certified Ambassadors© and Certified Ambassadors with Honors©. Program components include seminars on climate science, impacts and solutions, along with community action projects. Students can complete a capstone project in their second year to receive Certified Ambassadors with Honors© status. Through their community projects, students identify and initiate actions that lessen the effects of climate change on human health, biodiversity and the economy.