Sustainable Contra Costa is excited to announce the formation of its youth team, Sustainable Leaders in Action! The team is completely youth-led and now includes 15-20 high school and college students. They work together to educate youth within the community on sustainable living and various practices they can take to make a difference.
“Sustainable Leaders in Action gives high school and college students an easy way to get involved and learn more about sustainability to make our County a better place to live and work. It allows students to learn what it’s like to be a part of a non-profit organization, while learning valuable skills,” said Courtney Sanchez, Vice Chair of Sustainable Leaders in Action.
The Sustainable Leaders in Action is a volunteer opportunity open to any high school or college student within the county. Volunteers partake in the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge by taking youth friendly actions in order to reduce their carbon footprint, while working together to get more students involved in sustainable living. The group’s Instagram is filled with helpful resources, including youth friendly actions, workshops, and tips for sustainable living. Check out their page by visiting instagram.com/sustainablexleaders.
Every youth volunteer helps achieve the mission of inspiring those around them through actions that lead to a positive impact within our community. Volunteers can choose opportunities to gain experience in their areas of interest, such as social media, marketing, and video editing. Students that would like to join this organization can contact Karen Rosenberg, Chair of Sustainable Leaders in Action to schedule an interview and get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Sustainable Contra Costa is so excited to have a designated youth based group that will amplify the voices of younger generations within our community. This project has been in the works for quite some time, so we are very happy to finally announce its launch,” said Karen Rosenberg. “We cannot wait to keep the momentum going and be able to work with youth activists and leaders, helping to provide them with a platform to learn valuable professional development skills and take the necessary steps to build a healthier and safer community.”
Various major projects include Actions of the Month, Green Jobs panels, and an SLIA E-Newsletter. Actions of the Month are chosen directly by the SLIA Committee every month and correlate to a youth-friendly action on the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge platform.
Currently, a team of SLIA members is working to create a public and free virtual event highlighting green careers. Attendees will hear from professionals working in various aspects of sustainability and environmental science and be given a chance to ask questions.
Another major project includes SLIA's monthly e-newsletter. This e-newsletter is a way for our members to not only learn more about sustainability and environmental issues but help educate their peers through writing articles, taking photos, and creating artwork.
The Sustainable Leaders in Action is a branch of Sustainable Contra Costa. To learn more about the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge, visit https://cleanercontracosta.org/.