YOUTH ON BOARDS
Action on Climate

What We Do

Young people are prime stakeholders in the future of the environment. However, youth are not at the tables where critical climate decisions are made. Our goal is to increase the number of young people (teens to twenties) on boards of Maine-based non-profit, government, and business organizations. We believe that elevating young people to decision-making positions will promote climate-focused enhancements to visions, missions, strategies and budgets across Maine’s institutions.

Who We Are

A small project team composed of young people (ages 15-30) and older people (ages 50-79), formed from the 2020 Intergen Climate Group, is responsible for implementing this effort. The team meets roughly once a month.  The team is open to having guests join to learn more about the project. Please contact us for more information.

We are supported by partnerships with the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) and The Climate Initiative (TCI).  We expect to add additional partners as the project grows in strength.

Our History

In 2020, a group of 8 young people (ages 15-30) and 8 older people (ages 50-78) came together to discuss how to work in solidarity on climate change. This year-long dialogue revealed the power of youth and older adult allies working together. The secret of this power? Combining the passion and urgency of young people with the networks and influence of older people. For more information, check out the Intergen Climate Group.

Contact Us

Bethany Humphrey, Project Co-Lead (bhumphrey@ourclimatecommon.org)
Steve Kaagan, Project Co-Lead (stevekaagan@gmail.com)

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Are you a youth interested in serving on a board?

If you are in your late teens or twenties, and would like to learn more about what being on a board entails, fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch with you.

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Are you interested in adding youth to your board?

If you are with an organization that would like to consider adding youth to your board, fill out this form and we’ll get in touch with you.

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