Youth Climate Leaders Academy

Teen girls at YCLADo you want to take action on climate change?

The Youth Climate Leaders Academy is designed to support youth in planning and implementing projects that make a difference on climate change. We’ll help you with where to start, how to plan, and how to grow and use professional skills to make your project successful. Over our two-day kick-off retreat, we’ll have opportunities to have fun, collaborate, get inspired and grow the transferable skills you’ll need as a current and future climate leader. Follow-up meetings will offer additional community and technical support to keep your project moving forward. If you are a high school student who wants to make a difference on climate change and are looking to collaborate and grow the skills needed to make it happen, we look forward to having you be a part of the Youth Climate Leaders Academy

Where & When

  • Kick-off retreat December 5-6, 2019, Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, VT
  • Follow-up support throughout the year
  • Wrap-up meeting date in spring TBD

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Chaperones: Chaperone(s) required for each school group if staying overnight. Students attending daytime only do not require a chaperone.

Dual Enrollment: New this year, we are offering the option of turning your project-based learning into a course offered through Castleton University, which you can use a dual enrollment voucher for. If you are interested in this option, please indicate in your registration or email for more info.

For teachers: The Youth Climate Leadership Academy is designed to flexibly support students with any climate-related goals reflected in their Personalized Learning Plans or Service Learning Projects, as well as serving to develop the transferable skills identified as graduation requirements.

Fees: We ask attendees to pay a partial fee of $50; the actual cost of the program is about $1,000 per attendee. The remainder of the cost is funded by grants and sponsors. We appreciate you paying as much as you are able. If you are unable to pay anything at all, please be in touch at; we want every student who wants to attend to be able to. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or an additional donation toward the program, please be in touch as well. Thank you!

  • Register for YCLA

    We expect YCLA to fill early this year, so please register as soon as you know you plan to attend. We are accepting students on a first come first serve basis. 

  • Register an individual for YCLA

    Your role
    Do you plan to stay overnight at Hulbert Outdoor Center?
    Each school must have at least one chaperone for students to stay overnight.  
    Are you interested in Dual Enrollment?