Held annually, the International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit (IYEYS) is a youth-imagined, youth-driven, and youth-executed event aimed at providing young environmentalists the tools they need to take their campaigns to the next level. From youth who have started global organizations, to youth who are leading school-based environmental projects, IYEYS is for everyone. We also welcome adults who are looking to learn more about how to implement youth leadership and engagement strategies into their classrooms, organizations, or even businesses.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Hyde Leadership Charter School
|5:00PM||Welcome||To kick off the fourth annual International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit, attendees will hear opening remarks from conference organizers, as well as participate in engaging ice-breaker activities. A light vegan dinner will be served.|
|6:00PM||Roundtable Discussions with Leaders||Elected and appointed government officials will discuss how they are helping to shape a more sustainable future through intimate discussions with conference participants. Guests include New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides and Nilda Mesa, New York City's Sustainability Director.|
|7:00PM||Years of Living Dangerously||Years of Living Dangerously is a documentary television series focusing on global warming aired by Showtime. It won an Emmy Award as Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.|
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
|9:00AM||Exhibit Hall||Over a dozen environmental organizations from across New York City and the country will visit the exhibit hall: Bronx River Alliance, National Wildlife Federation Eco Schools, Environmental Professionals of Color - NYC, Leave It Better, Green City Challenge, Grow to Learn NYC, Lower East Side Ecology Center, WE ACT, The Audubon Society, Waterfront Alliance, Alliance for Climate Education, Adirondack Council, The Youth Farm Leadership Council, Project EATS, Manhattan Mushroom Company. Each will share internship, and volunteer opportunities. A vegan breakfast will also be served.|
|10:00AM||Welcome||Meredith McDermott, Sustainability Director for New York City Department of Education, will help us launch the main day of the conference with a welcome.|
|11:00AM||Issues Breakout Groups||Workshops will explain HOW students can create change in their schools and communities around the following topics such as: addressing climate change, creating zero waste schools, harnessing the power of solar energy, improving local water quality, using the arts to advocate for sustainability, and more.
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|12:00PM||Lunch||In order to reduce the conference's carbon footprint, all meals will be served vegan. Meals are prepared by the experienced staff of Kelston Bascom Catering.|
|1:00PM||Workshops I||Workshops will explain HOW students can use the following leadership skills when addressing their chosen project: fundraising and grantwriting, public speaking, social media, campaign planning, diversity and inclusion, and more.
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|2:00PM||Workshops II||A repeat of 1:00PM workshops will take place.|
|3:00PM||Wrap-Up Session||Student participants will be handed a Greening Forward grant application, because each student will now be eligible for funding for their school or community environmental project.|
Approximately 20% of our conference attendees travel from across the United States and the country to attend the International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit. Since the May 1, 2016 registration deadline, we are no longer able to accommodate additional guests. If you have already registered for lodging, please read further for additional details:
- Not every participant will be guaranteed a bed, so please be prepared to bring a sleeping bag.
- All guests over the age of 18 who wish to reserve lodging in the airbnb are required to pass a criminal history check.
- Flights should arrive in time so that you are able to arrive to the airbnb in Union City, New Jersey in time for the 6:00pm-8:00pm check-in time-frame. Flights for return flights home should depart after 6:30pm on Saturday, May 14 in order to give participants at least three hours from the conference’s end to get to the airport.
- A detailed layout of the schedule may be found by clicking the button on the right, including an approximate address of the airbnb.
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Registration Deadline Ended
Includes 2-Night Registration for Lodging Accomodations
Adult Supervision & Liability Forms
Students must complete the 2016 Emergency Contact and Volunteer Release form in order to participate in the 2016 International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit. Extra forms are available during conference check-in, however, to save on check-in time, forms may be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or may be brought in-person. Failure to return these forms properly signed either electronically or at the time of the conference may result in you not be able to attend the conference without a reimbursement.
Greening Forward and the International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit is a proud member of the Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Program for GYSD 2016. As the official organizer of Global Youth Service Day in our region, GYSD Lead Agencies are a vital part of creating a culture where young people have the opportunities and support to create positive change.