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Youth Programs

Empower Your Students to be a Local Leader in Climate Action

The Office of Sustainability offers several programs to empower youth residents of San Mateo County to learn about climate change and take on positive climate action to build a resilient and collaborative community of changemakers. Climate change is the issue of our time. While climate change will touch the lives of many, younger generations will be the ones to witness and experience some of the most extreme environmental changes due to a warming planet. Actions today play an important role in shaping the future of tomorrow.

Youth Exploring Climate Science Program (YECS)

The County of San Mateo’s YECS program, in partnership with San Mateo County Parks, provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about the local impacts of climate change through a mixture of classroom presentations, interactive activities, and field trips. Due to COVID-19 we are not scheduling field trips at this time.

San Mateo County Parks have partnered with the County’s Office of Sustainability to bring the new and improved Youth Exploring Climate Science (YECS) program to your middle or high school classroom. This program provides no-cost climate science educational programming to middle and high schools across San Mateo County. The program empowers students to explore why the climate crisis is happening, what and who will be impacted, and how individual actions can tactile climate change to protect our communities. Special programming is available to focus on sea level rise (Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science) and wildfire (Youth Exploring Wildfire Science). Programming is available in-person, virtually or as a hybrid for your students. Learn more about the YECS program and how to book your guest speaker presentation.

Youth Climate Ambassador Program (YCA)

The Youth Climate Ambassador (YCA) Leadership Program brings 9-12th grade students from across San Mateo County together to empower youth to take climate action into their own hands. Through the program, students will develop projects designed to drive change within San Mateo County and gain a diverse set of skills related to sustainability and climate action. This program includes a mixture of learning opportunities and experiences. Learn more about the YCA program and learn when the next application cycle begins.