Youth Leaders Shine Bright at Annual EcoClub Youth Summit

It’s going to be another green school year thanks to these teens!

Last month, 35 youth leaders from all over LA gathered on our hilltop for our annual Youth Leadership & Eco Club Summit. It was a great day watching students build leadership skills and network with other like-minded teens.

Our goal was simple. The event served to help inspire and guide these young leaders and their campus Eco Clubs. We shared how partnering with TreePeople could help make their vision come to life to make positive environmental changes on their campuses and in their communities by planting and caring for trees and gardens, recycling waste, capturing water and more!  

Youth Inspiring Youth

The event opened with Youth Leader veteran, Isabel Zavian who spoke about her work and accomplishments during her two years working with our program.

Isabel Zavian and TreePeople CEO, Cindy Montanez

Isabel is a senior in high school now and is making big strides in the environmental world. She inspired fellow youth leaders as she shared the new website she developed to connect other youth leaders to environmental organizations in LA and provide environmental awareness tips to make our city more sustainable. You could feel the excitement in the room. After Isabel finished speaking, other students rushed up to talk to her, shake her hand and share their project ideas.

Getting to Work

Learning about poppies, different soil types, good ways to recycle water and how to build more eco-friendly communities was extremely valuable. Oh, and I can’t forget about the native plants!

– Youth Leader, Craig Crampa

During the Summit, we also modeled activities from our TreePeople Project Toolkits and discussed fun ideas for each unique campus, like the Instant Expert Activity. Here, our young leaders teamed up to create an infographic of a current environmental problem. We also got their hands dirty while conducting a soil texture test.

One of the beautiful infographics created by the youth leaders.

All students left with a “Kick off Project” in hand along with California Poppy seed packets to take back to their campuses.

It made our hearts full to see the students discover their passion and make new connections. We can’t wait to see what amazing work they do to create climate-ready campuses and communities this year!

Are you ready to join the ranks of these youth leaders and help green your school? Start an Eco Club today!

By Enjoli Ferrari

Enjoli Ferrari is the Youth Leadership Manager of Environmental Education. She works with campus EcoClubs and groups of students interested in making environmental change. Enjoli joined TreePeople in 2012 as an Eco-educator, guiding students on tours that encourage environmental awareness. Now you can find her on campus supporting Eco-clubs with goal setting, project development and greening projects. When she’s not on sight, she enjoys arboriculture, creating new recipes and traveling.