Summer Climate Justice Youth Leadership Academy

What is it?


The Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy (Summer Academy) is an intensive 5-week program for youth and young adults 15-19 in Oakland. Join a community of people who want to make sure that all Oakland residents can survive and thrive in a changing climate. Stipends are available!

Program Details

Applications to the 2019 Summer Academy are now open! This year’s academy will start Tuesday June 11th.

What will we do?

  • Take field trips to see problems up close & personal and see solutions people are putting into action right now
  • Complete volunteer internships with an organization fighting climate change and making Oakland a healthier place for all
  • Organize a youth led summit on how we can deal with climate change for our neighbors, friends, family and decision-makers

Should I apply?

Of course! You’re already an expert on your neighborhood!

You should apply if:

  • You want to change the world
  • You want to gain skills you can use in school and work in this educational program
  • You want to cooperate with other youth from around Oakland who want to make a difference

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be 15-19 years of age
  • Must be able to attend trainings in downtown Oakland, CA.
  • Must be able to collaborate with others from different backgrounds
  • Must have an interest in environmental or social justice
  • Preference will be given to youth who reside in neighborhoods most impacted by pollution
  • Preference will be given to high school students participating in Oakland Unified School District’s ECCO

How do I apply

The application for the 2019 Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy is now closed. Stay tuned for our 2020 application coming out Spring 2020.


Our Current Funders

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
California Environmental Protection Agency
East Bay Municipal Utilities District
Klean Kanteen
the Metropolitan Transportation Commission 
New Resource Bank
Oakland Fund for Children and Youth

Past Internship Partners

American Steel Studios
City of Oakland, Office of Neighborhood Investment
Growing Together
Oakland Climate Action Coalition
Oakland Food Connection
Oakland High School/GLOBE/AMEC
Rising Sun Energy Center
Rooted in Resilience
West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

Past Speakers

Humberto Bracho, East Bay Academy for Young Scientists (EBAYS)
Michael Gutman, Founder/CEO, Reach the Future
Jessie Alberto, Project Manager, Urban Tilth Farm
Natasha Middleton, Policy Analyst and Community Liaison, Office of Oakland City Councilmember Libby Schaff
Brent Bucknum, Urban Biofilters
Lars Eric Holm, Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD)
Robin Freeman, Self Reliant House, Merritt College

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