Youth Climate Leaders Academy

Teen girls at YCLAAre you ready to take action on climate change?


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).

Where & When

  • Virtual kick-off sessions Wed-Fri, October 28, 29, and 30, 2020 
  • Morning sessions are 10am-noon and afternoon sessions are 1:30-3:30pm
  • Please attend any and all of the sessions you can!
  • Follow-up project support throughout the year
  • Wrap-up meeting date in spring (TBD)

High school boys work on writing projectDual 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 mariah@veep.org 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 Leadership 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.

Fees: For 2020/21 there will be no fees for this program. (In the past we were able to offer the program for $50, which is likely to be the fee in future years.)

  • Register an individual for YCLA

    Your role
    Are you interested in Dual Enrollment?
    Which session(s) are you able to join?
    Wednesday, October 28, 10am-noon
    Thursday, October 29, 10am-noon
    Thursday, October 29, 1:30-3:30pm
    Friday, October 30, 10am-noon
    Friday, October 30, 1:30-3:30
    Are you attending as part of a group?