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The following blog is a part of our American Climate Leadership Award 2021 Series

Youth Vs Apocalypse, American Climate Leadership Awards 2021 Finalist

Youth Vs Apocalypse (YVA) are among 10 American Climate Leadership Award (ACLA) finalists to be recognized at the American Climate Leadership Summit 2021 (ACLS 2021) on April 27 during the live broadcast. 

YVA was founded by a group of youth and one teacher from Oakland, CA, urging city council members not to approve a coal terminal in a low-income, polluted community of color. The response from youth, elected officials, and the media quickly demonstrated the viability and power of school-based, youth-led organizing around intersectional climate justice issues. These results pushed YVA to continue providing education and a space for frontline youth to organize. They now connect frontline youth, ages 10 through 19 years old, throughout the area to act collectively and stand in solidarity with other actions, and movements.

YVA has developed a powerful network of frontline youth leaders including over 35,000 youth and adult supporters taking action at YVA-initiated opportunities; 2,000 students engaged in school presentations; over 100 student leaders trained in depth through annual fellowships; school clubs founded and supported in 10 schools; and 16 youth leaders taking responsibility for organizational priorities and leadership as members of Youth Lead Circle.

Join us at the American Climate Leadership Summit 2021 (ACLS 2021) to honor YVA and the other ACLA finalists. For more information about the ACLA finalists and ACLS 2021 go to acls2021.org and Register Today.


If you have questions, you can contact us at acla@ecoamerica.org.

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