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 our YATC group and internship? 

Email program manager, Raksha Vasudevan ( 

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YATC 2021-2022

Conversations About Climate Project

This year our aim is to build meaningful infrastructure in the youth climate activism community. A challenge we have identified is a lack of continuity in student efforts due to the influx nature of graduation in student-run activist communities. This project aims to create a virtual repository of the voices and stories of the Climate Movement in NYC Public Schools. The goal of this project is to create a snapshot in time of stories and resources for future students to utilize long after these voices have graduated. These stories will serve as a bridge from the youth in the movement today to the future youth in the movement tomorrow. We hope that future YATC work will use these stories to formulate action on a local and state level. This project is being developed by our YATC facilitators, NYC youth climate activists, and students taking their first steps into the movement through a virtual internship opportunity. The submission form is available below. 


Conversations About Climate - We want to hear from you!

We are creating a virtual map multimedia that captures what NYC high school students feel and think about climate change. This will allow students to learn about climate change and action throughout NYC and serve as a bridge from you in high school today to future students learning about climate change long after you have graduated. All submissions are completely anonymous. We hope that future YATC work will use this collection to formulate climate action on a local and state level. We want you to be part of this movement!  

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