Youth Climate Leaders Academy


Read about last year's projects in our 2021-2022 newsletter

Read an account of our 2022 YCLA retreat from student Grace webb


Are you ready to take action on climate change?

For youth in grades 9-12

The Youth Climate Leaders Academy is designed to support high school students in planning and implementing projects that make a difference on climate change. We’ll help you with where to start, how to plan, and how to grow and use professional skills to make your project successful. During our kick-off retreat sessions, we’ll have opportunities to get inspired, collaborate, have fun, and grow the transferable skills you’ll need as a current and future climate leader. This time includes project planning, a variety of project skills workshops, professional project consultations, and collaboration (see past year’s agenda below). Post kick-off support includes follow-up meetings that offer additional community and technical support to keep projects moving forward. 

If you are in high school and want to make a difference on climate change and are looking to collaborate and grow the skills needed to make it happen, we look forward to having you be a part of the Youth Climate Leaders Academy. Dual Enrollment credits and coordination with school based personalized learning are available options for this program (see below).

Looking to sponsor the event? Learn more here.

Fall 2022

NH Launch: check back next year!

Registration closed

Kick-Off Retreat:Check back next year!

REGISTRATION for 2022 CLOSED: contact to be notified when registration opens for our 2023 event in the fall.
Kick-Off Retreat:

Friday, December 2nd: 
Arrive by 8:30am

Saturday, December 3rd:
Programming ends at 3pm

Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee VT

All VT & NH schools welcome and encouraged to attend!  Join us for a 2 day retreat where you can collaborate with your team, other schools, VEEP/NHEEP staff, and energy and climate professionals to further your action project goals.  There will be skills workshops, project goal-setting and planning time, and fun activities to help you feel inspired to make change in your school and community.

There is a limit of 10 students per group registration. If there are more interested parties, we do have a waitlist.

Fees: Sliding scale up to $50

**We never want cost to be a barrier.  To run this dynamic 2-day event and continue support for teams throughout the year, it costs over $250 per student.  We are continually looking for grants and supporters to fund this program.

Please contribute to the costs of your participation as you are able, or ask your school to help offset costs.

Transportation: If transportation costs are a barrier, grants are available through the NH Environmental Educators.


Previous Kick-Off Retreat agendas:

2022 Kick-Off Agenda

2022 Workshops






Dual Enrollment: We offer the option of using your project as the basis of a course offered through Castleton University, for which you can use a dual enrollment voucher. If you are interested in this option, please indicate in your registration or email for more info. If your school has an option for personalized learning or service-learning, we can also work with you and the coordinator at your school to help you to earn credit for your project work.

Info for teachers: The Youth Climate Leaders Academy is designed to flexibly support students with any climate-related goals reflected in their Personalized Learning Plans or service learning requirements, as well as serving to develop the transferable skills identified as graduation requirements. We work flexibility within and in complement to any personalized and individualized learning credit opportunities available to your students, if they choose to take that route with their project work.

Contact us with questions!  

Email Mariah Keagy, Action Project Manager, or fill out the interest form below to learn more.