The Youth Sustainability Leadership Program

The Youth Sustainability Leadership Program (YSLP) is a collaborative effort to engage Cleveland high school students in sustainability and community engagement. YSLP introduces Cleveland youth to the concept of sustainability, and helps identify ways for them to get involved with sustainability at home, at school, and in their community.

 

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As part of the YSLP program, youth will be invited to attend the 9th Annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit on Wednesday, September 27th and Thursday, September 28th, 2017. Thanks to generous support from The Cleveland Foundation, selected youth leaders will experience the impact of the 10-year initiative and have the opportunity to interact with leaders in the Sustainable Cleveland community. During this process, students will be guided by members of the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and a team of community stakeholders to design sustainability projects that will have a positive impact on their school, peers or community.

 

YSLP GOALS AND BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION

By participating in the Youth Sustainability Leadership Program, students will:

  1. Gain exposure to the concept of sustainability, including higher education and career opportunities;
  2. Become leaders on sustainability at home, at school, and in the community;
  3. Receive mentoring from community stakeholders devoted to sustainability to advance work on environmental issues in Greater Cleveland;
  4. Have the opportunity to share the knowledge and skills gained from the YSLP with peers through positive action and encouragement;
  5. Attain volunteer credit hours and earn Mayoral recognition;
  6. Strengthen college admission applications and resumes by gaining valuable organization and leadership skills; and
  7. Earn a digital badge for leadership in sustainability.

 

ROLES AND REQUIREMENTS OF YOUTH LEADERS

  • Have an interest in sustainability and developing leadership skills, and be self-motivated, open-minded, and eager to learn;
  • Attend the 9th Annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit (Sept. 27th & 28th, 2017) and actively participate in all activities;
  • Use the skills and experience gained at the Sustainable Cleveland Summit to develop and implement sustainability projects at home, at school, or in the community; 
  • Attend between 6-8 meetings throughout the school year;
  • Hold leadership roles at student conferences and/or public outreach events, helping to engage peers and community members in sustainability and climate action; and 
  • Provide feedback on how YSLP can be improved for future generations.  

 

PARTICIPANTS

The YSLP is open to all Cleveland public high school students in grades 9 to 12. High school students from private schools and schools outside of Cleveland are also welcome to apply. YSLP participants must meet all requirements for the duration of the program: September 2017 through April 2018.

 

A maximum of 60 students will be chosen to participate in the 2017-2018 YSLP and attend the 9th annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit.

 

QUESTIONS?

Contact Philena Seldon at pseldon@city.cleveland.oh.us if you have any questions on the program. 

 

For a YSLP program overview and application, click here. Deadline to apply is September 8, 2017.

 


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