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Stay up to date on upcoming and previous workshops, community calls, and other events by the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit!
Check out our upcoming and future events here!
Urban Composting with Garden for the Environment
Saturday, February 4 from 1pm-3pm
Join us to make your own compost and get your hands dirty in SF's teaching garden! We will be learning from Garden for the Environment about the importance of composting, making our own compost, and also making worm bins to bring home to our own gardens! It will take place at Garden for the Environment on February 4. Be sure to bring clothing you won't mind getting dirty in, and we hope to see you there~!
What's the next best thing to tuning in to one of our workshops live? Here, you can watch recordings of previous workshops in case you missed them!
Sunday, October 9th from 10am-1pm
Come join us to volunteer in REAP Center's half-mile-long garden. There, you can volunteer to do multiple projects such as working on their community farm, planning indigenous herbs, medicines, and pollinators, and different ways soil is used to help better our lives! It will take place at REAP Center on October 9th at 10am-1pm.
3rd Annual Bay Area Youth Climate Summit
Saturday, September 24th
The summit included fun, educational workshops, an inspiring keynote speaker community-building with other youth, environmental art activities, and climate action plan building. It was held at the San Francisco World Affairs Building starting at 10 am on Saturday, September 24.
Save the Bay Restoration Day
Friday, July 15th, 9:30am-1pm
Join Save the Bay, BAYCS, and EarthEcho International in protecting, restoring, and celebrating the SF Bay. Help the Habitat Restoration team at the MLK Regional Shoreline reach the goal of 100,000 acres of restored tidal marsh wetlands. Learn while helping with invasive species management, transplanting native seedlings, mitigating impacts of plant disease, and removing plastic from the shoreline. Discover your personal connection to the Bay and spend quality time with other Bay Area Youth Climate Summit members. Take pride in creating a cleaner, healthier, and thriving Bay Area!
Sustainable Architecture Workshop
Saturday, May 14th
Join BAYCS as we host renowned East Bay architect Devi Dutta to share how she integrates sustainable yet practical and affordable elements into her designs. We will then host a friendly design challenge using the skills acquired from the presentation to plan a sustainable school.
The event will be held in person at Lick-Wilmerding High School on Saturday, May 14th from 10:00am to 11:30am. Early morning donuts will be supplied! Volunteer and public purpose hours can be provided.
Bay Area Science Festival
Sunday, April 24th
This year, we are exhibiting at the Bay Area Science Festival. The festival is organized by UCSF and takes place at Oracle Park from 11am-4pm on April 24. It's a family-friendly event designed to explore the role of science, engineering, and technology locally and in the world. We will be hosting a booth with interactive, hands-on simulations of ocean acidification and climate change for kids.
Power of Nature Youth Art Contest with Greenbelt Alliance
Ended Monday, April 11th
Greenbelt Alliance, in partnership with the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit, is proud to present the Power of Nature Youth Art Contest, an art contest for high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area that will showcase nature-based solutions to climate change.
Three winners will be selected and announced during Earth Week, April 18 – 22, at Greenbelt Alliance’s Nature Based Solutions Webinar, and will be featured on multiple promotional campaigns that will reach thousands of people. All eligible artwork will be featured on multiple digital platforms.
Trees, Water, & People: Conservation Through Collaboration in Central America (Workshop)
Saturday, April 2nd
Trees Water People (TWP) improves lives by helping communities to protect, conserve, and manage their natural resources. This workshop will cover how TWP is supporting local partners in the defense and conservation of their territories' natural resources from a human perspective. In other words, they work in conservation under the premise that "collaborating with the people" is the way for them to build the capacities and resources necessary to protect and change their community.
Seed Shakers Event
Saturday, March 26th
Join us in shaking some seeds to spread native wildflowers across SF’s less landscaped, overly industrialized regions. BAYCS will be holding a wildflower seed planting event in the Bayview from 10am-12pm on Saturday, March 26th. Come spread a bit of natural beauty across the city with an added bonus of fun! Inspiration: SF in Bloom.
Restoration Day with Sutro Stewards
Saturday, February 26th
Sutro Stewards is a non-profit organization that helps protect the beautiful nature of Sutro Forest. They run programs that help restore and protect Sutro’s native biodiversity and create and maintain trails so we all can enjoy and connect with nature. BAYCS partnered with them to hold an in-person workshop and volunteer session in early February where we worked as a community to help maintain this beautiful land.
Winter Book Drive
November 29th - December 10th
In December, we hoped to give the gift of reading to under-resourced kids in the Bay Area this year by sourcing donations at our schools. We raised and donated over 1200 children's books to the Children's Book Project based in San Fransisco. Our book drive locations included Alameda High, Berkeley High, Lick-Wilmerding, San Domenico, and more! Thank you to everyone who donated!
Phone Banking with EarthEcho
Ocean-Based Climate Solution Act
November 8th, 10th, & 12th
On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the week of November 5th, students at high schools around the Bay Area (Albany, St. Ignatius, and Lick-Wilmerding) phone banked to representatives and senators in support of the Ocean-Based Climate Solution Act. This act will help protect vital marine ecosystems and create a climate resilient ocean that can sustain our planet.
Bay Area Youth Climate Summit 2021
Saturday & Sunday, October 9th-10th
In October of 2021, we hosted the second annual Bay Area Youth Climate Summit! There was not only a virtual component of the summit, but also an in-person part! Attendees joined us on Saturday on Zoom for the virtual section and on Sunday at St. Ignatius for the in-person section! Both parts included different workshops and content.
Cutting Auto Emissions to Save the Planet
Saturday, May 15
Did you know that the transportation sector is the largest contributor to climate change? Dan Becker, the director of the Safe Climate Transport Campaign, has been fighting transportation emissions for over 30 years. In this workshop, he will demonstrate why we need to focus on the auto industry to slow climate change, why this front of the fight against climate change is interconnected with the general fight against fossil fuels, and what we can all do as individuals.
April Earth Day Summit
Saturday, April 24th
Bay Area Youth Climate Summit's Earth Day event features workshops, discussions, and a climate action planning session! Our 8 workshops are focused on two themes -- policy and action -- and include topics ranging from the Green New Deal to food justice to restoring biodiversity. This is an amazing chance for high schoolers to learn more and get involved with climate action. All high school students from the Bay Area and beyond are welcome to attend.
Protecting 30% of the World's Oceans by 2030
Saturday, March 13th
Join BAYCS, the Marine Conservation Institute, and EarthEcho International to dive into the 30x30 ocean conservation movement, advocating to protect 30% of the world's oceans by 2030. Learn more about the science and policy work behind this goal, and plan your own 30x30 event in your school or community!
San Francisco Housing Action Coalition Workshop
Saturday, February 13th
Do you wonder why the Bay Area is so expensive? Displacement and gentrification are prevalent, but do you know why it happens? What does it have to do with our environmental goals? The Housing Action Coalition (HAC) believes that our housing choices are at the root of it, and we’ll explain why. Learn more about SFHAC on their website here: sfhac.org.
Environmental Science Career Expo
December 19th, 2020
For the month of December, we hosted a career exposition that focused on the field of environmental science. It included 6 panelists, ranging from an environmental attorney, a climate change photographer, and the Chair of the CA Energy Commission.
Community Fridge Project
With the Compton Kids Club/the Youth Vote
December 10th, 2020
In December we partnered with SoCal based youth organization: the Compton Kids Club and the Youth Vote. Together, we raised funds and gathered donations to donate to our local community fridges, both in Southern and Northern California. We assembled 300+ eco-friendly hygiene kits, arranged 4 coat drives, and received $15,000 in donations from green companies and individuals! On December 10th, Human Rights Day, we posted a video about this project, shown below.
Indigenous Climate Activism with CIEA
November 12th, 2020
BAYCS collaborated with the California Indigenous Environmental Alliance (CIEA) to feature their inspiring work. The workshop provided a space for others to hear about the experiences of an Indigenous-led organization and learn how Indigenous peoples have been at the forefront of climate activism for generations. Furthermore, it was an opportunity to learn what some local organizations are doing to restore cultural traditions and practices, in such an urbanized Bay Area.
Bay Area Youth Climate Activism Panel
October 25th, 2020
We're presenting at the Bay Area Science Festival! Join us for an interactive Q&A panel with various young climate activists that presented at the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit. These youth will be talking about their experiences in the climate movement, why they're so passionate about environmental issues, and how you can get involved, too! Come learn more about climate justice, sustainability, and the creative ways youth are fighting climate change and environmental injustices.
Brightline Defense Air Quality Workshop
October 17th, 2020
Brightline is a local organization that promotes sustainability and opportunity in under-served communities in the Bay Area through policy advocacy and partnerships. They protect and empower communities in need by advancing environmental justice, ensuring job creation, and advocating for affordable and sustainable housing. They will host an interactive session on their current community-driven air quality monitoring program, co-led by both youth and adults.
Bay Area Youth Climate Summit 2020!
September 12th, 2020
On September 12, 2020, we kicked off a day-long virtual summit, uniting 280 youth from 88 schools, 14 States, 5 countries, and 7 time zones. The day was filled with 16 workshops ranging from the California Academy of Science’s Hope for Reefs Program to climate justice activism with Youth Vs. Apocalypse to an Environmental Entrepreneurs Panel. We concluded with school-based action-planning workshops in which we offered models and tools, and then challenged our peers to develop achievable plans to launch at their schools. In total, 25 Climate Action Plans were created, and 75% of these students are continuing their work today!