Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit

Today’s youth are our most vital resource for creating positive change for the future of our environment. Across the United States and around the world, youth climate summits are educating, engaging and empowering students to be agents of change in their schools and communities! Join the movement!

Based on The Wild Center’s successful Adirondack Youth Climate Program, the Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit is a one day conference focused on educating and empowering high school students to create environmentally positive change in their schools and communities. During the summit, students from different schools will learn the science behind climate change, impacts on the Finger Lake region and what they can do to combat climate change. Students work with their classmates to develop a Climate Action Plan to tackle an actionable project at their school. At the end of the summit, students will leave with a plan to initiate action in their schools and communities, new friends from other schools, and a sense of determination and empowerment to make positive change for the good of the environment!

Climate Action Plans are roadmaps created by students during the summit to help them plan and initiate environmentally positive projects. The Climate Action Plans, or CAPs, are a step-by-step guide that allows students to plan out the details of their project and to set realistic goals and timeline for implementation. This is an important step that helps students develop planning skills to solve real-world problems. With a well-developed CAP and the support of teachers, students are ready for success and can accomplish their project goals.

Who Can Participate?
The FLYCS is open to high schools from within the Finger Lakes Region. We invite your school to send a team of 8 students, faculty and staff to participate in the summit. School teams should be made up of high school students with an interest in science/the environment/sustainability and members of the school faculty, club advisors, administrators or facilities representatives.

2019 FLYCS Program (PDF)

Thank you to our event Sponsors


Britta Goncarovs '21
Finger Lakes Institute Intern

Nadia Harvieux
Education Program Manager


Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit

Wed., October 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Vandervort Room, Scandling Center
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

High schools in the Finger Lakes region are invited to bring a team of 8 students, faculty and staff to the summit.

Registration deadline: October 9, 2019

To register, click here

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