YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (YLC)

Building climate resilience requires centering youth voices. While it is unacceptable to expect younger generations to lead the climate justice movement alone, it is important to have youth voices at the center of all climate conversations.

 

Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) model a way in which communities can authentically center youth voices in critical conversations and action-based planning around climate justice, transforming their schools and communities.

Our Model

YLC maps out community assets, areas of concern, and possible solutions for a Community Needs Assessment (CNA) using youth participatory action research methods.

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YLC work with MYN staff to meet with school and community leaders to identify issues related to climate change for that community and breadth and scope of semester-long project.

YLC and MYN staff co-lead a presentation of the CNA to the larger community to solicit feedback, as well as to identify environmental concern as it relates to climate adaptation and mitigation.

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YLC and Mycelium staff identify two to three solutions that are implementable at their local school site based on the CNA, starting the following school year.

YLC Responsibilities

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  • Use knowledge and experience to inform the direction of our programming

  • Engage in youth participatory action research (YPAR) that will lead the development of a Community Needs Assessment (CNA) project

  • Co-lead a space with Mycelium to meet with community members to solicit feedback for local environmental concerns

  • Meet with Mycelium’s team on a weekly or monthly basis for support with research and needs assessment

  • Meet with community leaders who will support with youth engagement

  • Whenever possible, meet with regional agencies and local government leaders to present findings and to discuss possible solutions

  • Co-create an online system with Mycelium staff where community members who attended the first meeting can either participate further in the creation of the CNA or where they can provide regularized feedback throughout the project process

** Note: This is a stipended position ($2,000) and runs from January - May.

Mycelium currently partners with two
Youth Leadership Councils:

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Metwest High School

Oakland Unified School District

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Mission High School

San Francisco Unified School District