Applicants sought for Youth Environmental Council

Vermont teens with a passion for environmental issues have until April 18 to apply for a spot on the Youth Environmental Council, coordinated by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H.

Membership on the council is open to anyone in grades 8 through 12 interested in developing leadership skills to respond to significant state, national and global environmental issues. One of the primary functions of the council is to plan and provide leadership for the annual Youth Environmental Summit (YES!) this November for Vermont middle and high school students.

YES! is designed to inform, train and empower youths to take responsibility and leadership on issues of environmental concern and to provide them with the necessary skills and information to work together to organize their own environmental campaigns. Participants will continue to work with their schools and other groups after the event to engage in environmental projects to make a difference in their communities.

To apply for the Youth Environmental Council, send an email to UVM Extension Teen and Leadership Program Coordinator Lauren Traister at lauren.traister@uvm.edu. Include your name, hometown, school and grade level and a short statement about why you are interested in serving on the council.

Only email applications received by April 18 will be considered. Applicants will be notified by April 19.

The council will meet monthly, and all council members are expected to attend every meeting in person or via Skype and to follow through on all assigned tasks. They also must attend and provide leadership at YES! as well as be willing to recruit other Vermont youths to participate in the summit.

The first meeting will be April 22. Details including location will be sent to newly appointed members prior to the date. Future meeting dates and locations will be determined by the council members at this meeting.

For more information or to request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Lauren Traister at (866) 260-5603 by April 18.

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