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Empowering the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

The Youth Climate Challenge is an immersive experience that connects students with leading climate scientists, practitioners, artists, and fellow youth. In challenge teams, students are guided and challenged to identify and analyze the climate impacts in their own communities. Together, they investigate climate strategies and solutions and formulate action plans to implement in their sphere of influence.

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take the challenge

Are you interested in participating in the Youth Climate Challenge with your friends or classmates? Looking to make a difference around climate issues in your community?

The Climate Science Alliance Team is here to support you!

Below you will find the resources you need to take the Youth Climate Challenge today.


Youth Climate Challenge Program Packet

The Program Packet provides step-by-step instructions on how to participate in the Youth Climate Challenge and prepare your Challenge project.  Follow along with the Program Videos below to develop your ideas and set your plan in motion.

Youth Climate Challenge Program Videos

Assemble your Challenge team and your Program Packet, and follow along as we guide you through the steps of the Youth Climate Challenge in these five engaging video tutorials. We invite you to meet other Challenge teams below for inspiration on your projects.

Welcome and Introduction
Identifying the Problem
Collective Changes
Finding Solutions that Matter
Moving Forward with Intention

Share with Us

We love to hear from our Youth Climate Challengers! If you have any questions or want to share your story, please connect with us!

  • Facebook Page
  • Instagram Profile
  • Twitter Profile
  • YouTube Channel

follow along!

**Spanish Language Resources Coming Soon!**
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meet the teams
meet the teams

Promoting Indigenous Voices in Baja

Baja California, Mexico

Leading workshops for University students and teachers to recognize Tribal perspectives and knowledge.


Club Juvenil de Fotógrafos de Naturaleza

San Quintin Bay, Mexico

Using photography as a tool to tell stories about their community and the environmental problems they face.


American Indian Students Initiative

Navajo Reservation, Tohono-O’odam Reservation, & San Carlos Reservation in Arizona

Establishing environmental programs at 3 different schools on 3 Native American Reservations.


Macroalgal Solutions: Blue Carbon and Aquaculture

Baja California, Mexico

Assessing microalgae as a way to clean waters near aquaculture and to absorb CO2 as crops.


Ventura River Watershed Youth Coalition

Ojai, California

Educating their local community about threats to their watershed and the connection to climate change.

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the inaugural challenge

2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit

In collaboration with partners from across the region, the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, Pala Band of Mission Indians, Climate Science Alliance, and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals convened the second Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit in August 2019. The first Youth Climate Challenge was held in conjunction with this event and hosted over 8 youth teams from communities across the Southwestern United States and Mexico. This Challenge provided an opportunity to come together, focus on climate strategies and solutions, and advance resilience efforts throughout the Southwest and North America.

Learn more about the Summit:

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