Youth at the Center

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About Youth at the Center

The Center for Sustainable Futures, with support from the Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship,  developed the Youth at the Center program. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure all youth, regardless of background, have the opportunity to engage with the most pressing issue of our time: climate change. To realize this purpose, the Center partners with New York City youth climate activists to empower, support, and amplify their activities.

Interested in joining YATC or learning more? 

Email program manager, Raksha Vasudevan ( 

Follow us on instagram! @youthatthecenter_

Conversations About Climate Project

The ‘Conversations about Climate Storytelling’ Project was developed to capture what NYC high school students currently feel and think about the environment and climate change. Click on the virtual map below to explore the stories of students in all five boroughs! 

This project is ongoing- Are you a high schooler interested in submitting an essay, poem, video, or piece of art? Are you a high school teacher or sustainability coordinator interested in having us conduct an in-person workshop for your students? Email Raksha Vasudevan ( 

Conversations about Climate

Current Program Coordinators

Maria Huertas-Trujillo, Zankel fellow

Sarah Lewis, Zankel fellow

Mac Mann-Wood, Zankel fellow

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