Youth Convening Minnesota (YCM) is a 7-month leadership opportunity for high school youth to learn about climate change and gain the skills needed to convene their community on climate change and inspire solutions.
Young people are inheriting the consequences from decades of poor environmental decisions, yet youth are also powerfully positioned to lead their communities in conversations on climate change and insist on action. The Youth Convening Minnesota project was designed with this understanding — to elevate the voices of youth as critical messengers.
Climate Generation coaches and mentors YCM youth leaders through school visits, in-person workshops, and monthly virtual meetings. Pre- and post-evaluation surveys show that YCM youth participants increase their confidence in communicating about climate change, hone leadership skills, gain understanding on how to inspire engagement in solutions, and realize that they have an important stake in shaping Minnesota’s future.
What is a convening?
Each convening provides a combination of science, personal stories from community members, and local solutions. When balanced with the science, the stories shared at convenings feature the lived experiences and observations of climate change from people on the ground and help emphasize the motivation for solutions. Convenings conclude with solutions workshops led by local resource providers.