Lil Milagro Henriquez
Founder and Executive Director of Mycelium Youth Network
Lil Milagro Henriquez, M.A., is a native New Orleanian whose family survived Hurricane Katrina—one of the nation’s most infamous climate-change-related disasters—and a 20-year veteran of social and environmental justice activism.
Lil is the founder and Executive Director of Mycelium Youth Network, an organization dedicated to preparing and empowering frontline youth for climate change. She’s a veteran of social justice organizing with 20+ years of experience working on a myriad of issues, including access to higher education for low-income people and communities of color, food sovereignty, environmental racism, union democracy and labor organizing, among others. She served as a founding Board of Directors member for Planting Justice and The People’s Conservatory as a founding Director of Organizing for Roses in Concrete Community School. In 2014, she won the Jonathan Daniels Memorial Fellowship for Social Justice award, in 2020, she received the Women’s Earth Alliance fellowship and the 2021 recipient of the Partners Advancing Climate Equity fellowship She was recently recognized as one of the top 16 Eco-Warriors of 2021 by Marin Magazine and has a TED talk out.
Lil Milagro has presented at the National Adaptation Forum, SF State of the Estuary, the City of Boulder’s Forum on Economy, Climate, and Community, and Beyond Pesticides National Forum. She was a keynote speaker the California Adaptation Forum’s 2021 conference, the Re-Imagining Brilliance Conference: Empowering Students and Educators, the Silicon Valley Film Festival, and is set to keynote This Way to Sustainability: “Elevating the Many Voices of Climate Justice” in April of 2022.
In 2017, she founded Mycelium Youth Network. Mycelium has been named as one of the only organizations actively preparing young people for climate change in the United States (International Transformational Resilience Coalition press release). We’re honored to have our work recognized with the Quaker United Nations People’s Empowerment Climate Series, Mycelium Youth Network has also been featured in the SF Chronicle, KQED, Estuary Magazine, a podcast in We Rise productions, and a blog on us by Columbia University’s State of the Planet at their Earth Institute.