Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy

What is it?

New Voices Summer Academy


The Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy (Summer Academy) is a six-week long program where high school-aged youth take a deep dive into local environmental justice issues, building their leadership, advocacy, and organizing skills along the way. This summer, the Rose Foundation will host 30 youth of color from frontline communities across the Bay Area. And after two years of remote learning, the Summer Climate Justice Academy is returning to outdoor, in-person learning.

Qin and Andrea, 2021 Summer Academy Youth Co-Coordinators, "When New Voices youth work together, we are able to use our collective power to achieve climate justice."

Program Details

Summer Academy ExperimentsEach week of our Academy, Summer Academy participants will learn about a different climate justice theme — from air pollution, to food justice, to energy. Their learning will be brought to life through rich and engaging activities, including:

  • hands-on experiments
  • virtual tours
  • discussions with guest speakers
  • externships with partner organizations in their communities

We will also host two special in-person events – the Youth Poetry Slam and Community Summit – where our 30 youth leaders will be able to share their voices, stories, and learnings with our community. Check out the incredible collection of poems created by our 2021 Summer Academy students. And don’t miss the 2023 Community Summit presentations below:

Summer Academy participants enjoy produce box deliveries from a local urban farmTo address potential barriers for students participating in the program, we are providing each student with an iPad and internet connectivity. This technology will allow our students to engage in online learning, group activities, digital organizing, and more. We are also partnering with local community farms to provide weekly boxes of fresh locally-grown produce and home garden kits to students and their families.

Through these experiences and more, New Voices youth from across the Bay Area will enjoy a summer of connecting, learning, acting, and leading for a climate just future!

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Austin and Lauren Fite Foundation

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

California Air Resources Board

California Environmental Protection Agency

Department of Pesticide Regulation

Department of Toxic Substances Control

East Bay Community Foundation

East Bay Municipal Utilities District

Landray/MacLane Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation

Metropolitan Transportation Commission


Port of Oakland

Stupski Foundation

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