Youth Climate Leaders Peer Education Program
The Youth Climate Leaders Peer Education Program began in early 2020 when several community members came together from the KNC, Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition, Schools for Climate Action, and Great Lakes PeaceJam. They saw a need in our community for informing young folks about climate change, knowing that the climate crisis will deeply affect their generation and those to come more greatly than adult generations today. It is integral that we support high school age youth as they embark on becoming the next leaders of our nations and to give teens the tools to advocate for a resilient future and to share accurate information with their peers and community.
Our YCL peer education program utilizes a non-partisan approach that presents science-based facts and encourages critical thinking. YCL Peer Educators learn to define and verbalize their own values, provide hope and pathways to change, and gain the ability to advocate for their own futures.