Youth & Young Leader Digest
connecting emerging leaders in conservation
april 2011

in this issue ::
:: Wilderness Quest with Wilderness Reflections
:: Young Voices in Climate Change
:: Vote for Climate Change Communicator of the Year
:: WILD9 Youth Honored
:: Upcoming Events
:: The Internet and Youth Activism
:: GoPro Give Away
:: Opportunities & Grants
Wilderness Quest with Wilderness Reflections: Scholarships Available for Young Environmental Activists Sharon Shay Sloan

Held at stunningly beautiful wilderness sites in California, our Wilderness Quests are a powerful opportunity to approach nature as teacher. For young activists and conservation leaders, this is an important way to seek guidance with the big questions in your life, a way to have nature directly inform your work and how you approach it. Scholarships are available.

For more about our programs, see (click on Wilderness Quests). For scholarship information contact or call (415) 488-1917. 

Young Voices in Climate Change

 Young Voices for Climate Change 


Young Voices on Climate Change is a series of short films featuring young people using science and data to reduce the carbon footprint of their homes, schools, communities, and states. The films present replicable success stories. Young Voices on Climate Change allows young voices to be heard and inspires action, the best antidote to fear. These young voices reach our hearts and minds. 


Watch the videos > 

Vote for the Climate Change Communicator of the Year!

Excellence deserves acknowledgment. Every year the Georgy Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication honors one person and one organization for their excellence as climate change communicators. Honorees are identified through an open nomination and democratic voting process.

Learn more about the nominees and vote >

WILD9 Youth Honored
Adi Jo Davis, Alaska

The first winner of the Youth! Learner Award (awarded by the Friends of Homer Public Library, Alaksa) is Adi Jo Davis, a 15-year-old home-schooled sophomore who has shown interest in everything from debate to environmental efforts. According to nominator Roberta Copeland Paulino, Adi Jo "joyously shares her knowledge with both children and adults. She is always trying something new, while continuing the pursuit of her lifelong interests in nature, community and world care along the way."

Adi was the recipient of the national Spirit of Youth Award 2010 for her work with EcoLogical, a group of youth who have effectively reduced waste in the Homer Landfill and created awareness in the community about environmentally friendly habits. 

Congratulations Adi Jo!

Upcoming events

Youth Take Charge Conference Call
Need a shot of inspiration? Join Community Matters for a fast-paced call on Thursday, April 14 at 4 PM EDT with stories of young people strengthening their communities, including Josh Arnold of Sustain-A-Raisers and G.A.L.A., Brianna Hollins and Lottie Gatewood of the Rise & Shine Family Food Co-op, and Lee Krohn of the Manchester, VT Youth on Boards program. If you're a young person making change yourself - sign up for a slot to tell us about it on the call >

iMATTER March, 8 May 2011
Since we will inherit this world, iMatter was created to reach across regional, ideological, and ethnic borders, to empower youth to organize, and be heard on the issue of global climate change. Learn more about the iMATTER march -- create your own march or join one that is already organized in your area >

America's Great Outdoors Initiative - a conversation with Will Shafroth in DC
NextGen is organizing a conversation with Will Shafroth, Assistant Secretary for the US Fish and Wildlife and Parks on 18 May in Washington DC.  More information >

Does the Internet Inspire Youth Activism or Slacktivism?

An article from Care2's Blog, written by Allyson Kapin


I thought you might be interested in this recent blog post about youth activism and the internet/social media.  Where do you fit in? Does this study represent you and your peers? - Emily

Youth Activism Key Findings:

Being a part of online communities promotes engagement.

"Many worry that youth who spend significant time on fan sites or in online communities tied to hobbies, sports or other interests will become socially isolated. The study found the opposite to be true. Youth engagement in interest-driven online communities was associated with increased volunteer and charity work and in increased work with others on community issues. The Internet can serve as a gateway to online and offline civic and political engagement, including volunteerism, community problem-solving, and protest activity."

Most youth are in empty chambers not echo chambers.

Only 5% of youth reported being exposed to political views they agreed with. However, 34% of youth said that they didn't encounter any perspectives at all. "Many youth are largely disengaged from discussions and debates surrounding civic and political issues," Kahne said.

Not all youth are "digital natives."

"The study found that digital media literacy education dramatically increased students' exposure to diverse perspectives and boosted the likelihood of youth online engagement with civic and political issues. This finding has serious implications for school and after-school programs as well as for parents. Many young people will benefit if they learn how to tap the full potential of digital media."

 Read the full blog post >

GoPro Daily Give Away
Looking for some new camera gear to make your conservation projects soar?  Check out GoPro's daily give away.  Everyday, they give away a full set of their gear, including an HD camera, head strap mount tri-pod mount and much more!

See the details of the GoPro Give Away >

Opportunities & Grants 

2011 Riverprize Applications Now Open
International RiverFoundation is pleased to announce the 2011 Riverprize applications are now open! All organisations, big and small, engaged in all aspects of river management are eligible to apply for either the Thiess International Riverprize or Australian National Riverprize (funded by the Australian Government). 

Nominations close 30 March 2011. Winners will be announced at the 2011 Riverprize Gala Dinner, held during the 14th International Riversymposium, 26 -29 September in Brisbane, Australia. Further information may be found at, or email questions to

Terra Viva Grants develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

Call for wet carbon proposals
Danone would like to invest in projects which deliver certified carbon credits and local community benefits through restoring mangrove ecosystems. They are interested in large-scale projects which can be implemented quickly and efficiently. Working in partnership with IUCN and Ramsar, Danone is seeking to invest in wet carbon projects that have the potential to deliver between 10,000 and 300,000 tons per annum of carbon offsets, certifiable by the Clean Development Mechanism or the Voluntary Carbon Standard.

The International Environmental Youth Corps (IEYC) is a key component of the federal government Youth Employment Strategy (YES) which creates career-related tailored work experiences which will allow those with skills obtained at the post-secondary level to acquire valuable work experience related to their field of study and provide them with access to networks.  It also assists them in developing work-related skills marketable to Canadian employers engaged in international and/or science and technology-based work. Learn more >


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*** Special note for May Digest ***

On 24 April, I am going to South Africa and Bostwana to visit WILD's projects and partners.  Since I will be out of the office until the end of May, I plan to take a one month hiatus from the digest.  WILD's blog, Facebook page & Twitter stream.  Feel free to send contributions for the June digest through the next month.  Thanks!



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