Calling all future environmental advocates! Want to learn more about environmental issues, and what you can do to help? Well, then the Empowered Young Environmentalist’s Summit (EYES) is for you! Here, you’ll be able to talk with a multitude of environmental organizations and learn what it really means to be an effective environmentalist through a series of engaging workshops, important discussions, and fun activities. No matter how dedicated you are in the environmental sphere, whether you’ve been an advocate for years, or are just starting out, EYES can help in your journey. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up below, and come learn about how YOU can make the future of our planet a great one!
Friday, March 29, 2019
Urban Assembly School For Green Careers
|5:00PM||Brief Welcome||Auditorium||To kick off EYES 2019, the Greening Forward Team will give a brief introduction and a welcome for all the attendees|
|5:10PM||Icebreaker Activities||Black Box||Students will get a chance to know each other through fun ice-breaker activities.|
|5:40PM||Group Discussion: Why Are You Here?||Black Box||Why should youth get involved in the environmental movement? Students will establish their expectations in regards to what they wish to get out of the event, as well as the reasons youth must be present in environmental advocacy.|
|6:15PM||Group Break Out||Various Classrooms||Groups will break out into individual classrooms where a member of the Greening Forward staff will explain how the conference will be run. Attendees will have the option to select their workshops.|
|6:45PM||Movie Screening: Chasing Ice||Auditorium||Chasing Ice, a beautiful, eye-opening documentary, will be screened for the attendees of the conference.|
|8:00PM||Group Discussion: What Role Do We Play?||Black Box||When viewing a problem as large as climate change, it can be hard to discern what role we as individuals play in the issue as well as the solution. Attendees will be challenged to think critically about what they can do and are obligated to do when it comes to solving the climate crisis.|
|9:00PM||Dismissal||Black Box||End of Day One.|
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Urban Assembly School For Green Careers
|9:00AM||Registration and Breakfast||Main Entrance||Students will check in and receive their schedule for the day. A light breakfast will be served.|
|9:10AM||Exhibition and Tabling Session||Common Area||Over a dozen organizations from around the New York area and beyond will be sharing resources as well as internship and volunteer opportunities to students.|
|10:00AM||Ice-Breakers||Black Box||Students will get a chance to know each other through fun ice-breaker activities.|
|10:30AM||Welcome Ceremony||Auditiorium||An introduction of the Greening Forward staff, their mission, and what EYES strives to accomplish.|
|10:50AM||Student Speaker: Jade Sweeney||Auditorium||Jade will speak about her personal story as an activist, as well as ways that attendees of the conference can get involved. A Q&A session will take place afterwards.|
|11:50AM||Conference Breakdown||Auditorium||Greening Forward staff will break down the rest of the day.|
|12:00PM||Workshop Session 1||Various Classrooms||Workshops from various organizations will be hosted.|
|1:15PM||Student Speaker: Ananya Singh/ Lunch||Auditorium||Ananya will share her experience as an activist and a student as well as how others like her can get involved in their communities -- Lunch will be served.|
|1:45PM||Workshop Session 2||Various Classrooms||Workshops from various organizations will be hosted.|
|3:00PM||Workshop Session 3||Various Classrooms||Workshops from various organizations will be hosted.|
|4:15M||Debate: Young People -- Naive or a Necessity?||Black Box||“Oh, you’re too young.” But are we really? How might people discredit young changemakers for their age? Furthermore, how can we use our age as an asset for the environmental movement? How young is too young to join in on the fight? Students will discuss and debate answers to these questions as well as others.|
|4:50PM||Closing Ceremony||Auditorium||This will conclude EYES 2019. All participants will be handed a Greening Forward grant application as they leave, as they will now be prepared to receive funding to begin their own community projects.|
Student Environmental Debate
For the second time at EYES, Greening Forward will be hosting a student environmental debate to increase student participation in the conference. This debate will be designed to develop student’s proficiencies at creating an argument, effectively communicating crucial points, and public speaking. In today’s world, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to convey messages effectively to audiences so that they understand the problem and potential solutions. Creating arguments and public speaking are both skills that get better with practice, and this is an opportunity to work on them in a low-stakes environment in front of your peers.
It is also an opportunity for students to win prizes!
The structure of the debate will be as such: Students will break into groups depending on a topic they would like to discuss. Last year, our two topics were GMOs and Sustainable Energy. Each group will then discuss each topic, with students communicating what they have learned about it through school, reading, or other methods. Students who did not know much prior to the discussion on the topic are invited to present their opinions on the subject based on what they have heard, and ask questions to those who are more knowledgable. After a 15-20 minute discussion, the separate groups will rejoin. Volunteers from each group will be invited to the front of the room to talk about what they learned to the other groups, who will then do the same. Speakers will receive a free Greening Forward T-shirt.
More information will be given Saturday morning regarding the debate. Debate topics have not yet been determined, so if you have a particular topic that you think would be good for discussion please send your ideas to email@example.com.
If you are from out of state or will need to travel for the summit and need help finding lodging for yourself or a group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help find a place to accommodate you.
The NYC Department of Education’s Sustainability Initiative has co-sponsored EYES with Greening Forward since 2015. The department has been an incredible partner for us by providing funding for food and supplies, assisting with program and overall summit development, and promoting it to schools, student groups, and nonprofits across New York City.
Please register for the conference here. After filling out the form, you may fill out the liability form to the right. Please be sure to indicate what group you are coming with.
Students must complete the 2019 Liability Release form in order to participate in the 2019 Empowered Young Environmentalists Summit. Forms may be submitted electronically to email@example.com or brought to the conference in-person. Failure to return this form properly signed either electronically or at the time of the conference may result in you not being able to attend the conference.