City Green's Climate Action Collective is a unique opportunity for high school students who are passionate about climate change, nature, or environmental justice and want to take community action. Together, over the course of 4 months, students will grow their knowledge and power on topics that include food justice, public lands, social movements, climate science, and more!
By the end of the 2023 Collective’s time together, participants will:
Be empowered to take action and share information about climate change and the environment with friends and community
Gain more confidence outdoors
Develop their personal and collaborative leadership skills for environmental activism
Collaborate on a vision for climate futures
The Collective will meet twice a week from July 12 through October 11 at the City Green Farm Eco-Center in Clifton. Sessions are facilitated by a City Green staff member, following a curriculum with guided readings, activities, volunteer work, and off-site field trips*. The Collective curriculum consists of activities and discussions on climate science, art and storytelling, gardening, food justice, community action, New Jersey ecology, and more!
Participants will receive a $500 stipend, 25 volunteer hours, and a certificate of participation, all received
upon successful completion of the program.
Students residing/attending high school in Passaic or Bergen County
Students must be rising 10th-12th grade
Students must have at least one more full year left in their high school career
We are looking for students who are:
Passionate about the environment and their community
Interested in taking action in their community
Driven and responsible
Ready to take their learning to the next level
Willing to collaborate with other high school students
No prior knowledge or experience is required to join the Collective.
Location: This program is in-person at City Green Farm Eco-Center, 171 Grove St., Clifton, NJ, with some off-site field trips.
Duration: July 12 to October 11, 2023. The Collective will not meet on September 4 or October 9, in observation of Labor Day and Indigenous Peoples Day.
Hours: The Collective will meet Mondays and Wednesdays 4pm-6:30pm. There will be approximately 5 field trips to places that relate to the curriculum, held at times outside or instead of the regular meetings.
Seven high school students from Passaic and Bergen Counties participated in the Youth Climate Action Capstone Project. This year long independent learning opportunity empowered students to create projects include building community fridges to minimize food waste, implementing composting programs to use at a school garden at Cresskill High School, creating sustainable school lunch systems by replacing plastic utensils with compostable ones, educating individuals on their carbon footprints through informational flyers, and presenting food system workshops to students at the Boys and Girls Club of Clifton.
Read more about the 2022 Cohort and their projects here.