Youth Climate Leaders Academy

Teen girls at YCLA 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).

Fall 2022

NH Launch: Friday, Sep 3oth

New this year!

YCLA NH Launch
Friday, Sep 30th, 9:30am-3pm
The Harris Center for Conservation Education, Hancock, NH

Join other NH students interested in energy and climate action.  We'll discuss our project ideas and plans, help each other troubleshoot, and build a support community of like-minded folks.  Perfect for schools who are somewhat new to YCLA. Students/schools who attend this NH Launch are welcome and encouraged to also attend the Kick-Off Retreat in December.

There is no cost to attend this event. If transportation costs are a barrier, grants are available through VEEP/NHEEP or the NH Environmental Educators.

Lunch will be provided to all participants who register by September 25, 2022. Participants who register after that date are still welcome to attend, but will need to provide their own lunch.

Registration closed

Thanks to the Harris Center for their generous donation of space for the NH Launch.

Kick-Off Retreat: Friday & Saturday, Dec 2nd & 3rd

Kick-Off Retreat: Friday & Saturday, Dec 2nd & 3rd
Friday & Saturday, Dec 2nd & 3rd (times TBD)
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.

Fees: Sliding scale of up to $50 per participant (Contact us if this is a barrier for your team.) 


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


Previous Kick-Off Retreat agendas:

2021 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!  

Mariah Keagy, Action Project Manager

Looking to sponsor the event? Learn more here.