Michigan Youth Select New Leaders!

This week the Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition (MSSC) selected new leaders to participate in the group’s Steering Committee (SC) – the governing body of the organization. The MSSC is an established Non-for-profit organization committed to engaging the youth of Michigan to become active citizens campaigning for the just, balanced distribution and use of social, political, economic and environmental resources to improve our communities, our state and our planet. The organization has been instrumental in the youth climate movement in Michigan, gathering support from campuses and organizations all across the state.

All of the new SC members bring with them a wealth of talent and experience that is truly inspirational and will continue to keep the MSSC as an effective youth organization in Michigan. New members represent different colleges/universities and organizations throughout the state, from Detroit to Grand Rapids, Lansing and Kalamazoo. The MSSC began with only a handful of interested students so it is amazing to see the number of schools, organizations and youth that are involved today.

I had an opportunity to interview Josh Lycka, a new SC member from Grand Valley State University (my school as well!) about his hopes for the future of the MSSC and the youth climate movement in Michigan. Lycka, a sophomore at GVSU, has been a passionate leader on campus as Treasurer of the Student Environmental Coalition. He will be a great asset to the MSSC as he transitions into this new leadership role. Check out his video interview!

The MSSC is also a common thread that ties together the 3 Expedition Copenhagen Michigan delegates – Sarah, Chris and I. We all began our youth organizing with this group, and we became good friends throughout the years. This Sunday, November 22nd we are hosting an event at the Michigan Energy Options Demonstration Home (405 Grove Street in East Lansing, 48823) from 4 – 6 pm, and you’re invited! We will be talking about our upcoming trip and you will have a chance to send your messages with us to the negotiations. Delegates are bringing books full of messages that we have collected this fall to the negotiations. It’s a great chance to share with the world what you want to see come out of these negotiations.

Congratulations to all new Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition Steering Committee members. You are all talented and amazing leaders and I look forward to working with you in the coming months!


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