Call For Applications: Urban Climate Action Network (Feb. 15)

2018-01-16T12:15:20+00:00 January 16, 2018|

Urban Climate Action Network For Teens Ready To Make A Difference Take A Look Around Your World.
Is your city experiencing the effects of extreme weather? Flooding? Poor air quality? A lack of green spaces? Though these issues are diverse, climate change science can help us understand and address them all.

UCan Make A Difference!
The Urban Climate Action Network (UCAN) is a new, national climate change youth corps that empowers teens concerned about climate change within their communities to take action, connect with peers in other cities to discuss environmental, social, and economic challenges and, ultimately, to create better places to live, work and play.

WHO – Four selected teams of five minority high-school-aged youth in grades 9-12 sponsored by a qualified organization with the supervision of a dedicated adult leader.
WHEN – Selected teams will have three years to create and execute climate action plans. The 2018 UCAN Conference will take place Monday through Friday, July 9-13, 2018. Applications are due by Thursday, February 15, 2018.
WHERE –  National Aquarium 501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
COST –  Selected teams will receive complimentary airfare or ground transportation, lodging, food
and conference activities from the National Aquarium.

Under the direction of designated adult leaders, teams of youth from cities across the US will spend a week at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. UCAN teams will meet dedicated, like-minded teens committed to making a difference in their communities, while learning about climate change, discussing current climate science challenges with science professionals, and exploring careers in conservation science, urban planning, communications, civic engagement and more. UCAN team members will build leadership and practical skills to help bring about real change within their own communities.

Following their time in Baltimore, teams and leaders will return to their hometowns equipped with the skills to create action plans addressing real problems in their communities with the assistance of a technical expert from the American Planning Association. Teams will also be eligible for small grants to help make their plans a reality, bringing about meaningful change.

Click here to download a printable UCAN PDF flyer.

Selected Teams Will Receive:

  • Complimentary airfare, lodging, meals and five days of training at the National Aquarium with scientists, technical experts and educators.
  • The guidance of a technical expert from American Planning Association dedicated to helping team plans and projects become reality in their city.
  • Access to climate science and project action resources.
  • Small grants (as available) to get your action project off the ground.

How to Apply

STEP 1: Build a team!

  • Each team must be made up of at least five teens in grades 9 through 12 for the 2018-2019 school year. Only five team members will be able to travel.
  • Teams must submit member names, addresses, contact info, ages, genders, grades, schools attending, and parent or guardian contact info (phone and email).

STEP 2: Partner with a sponsor organization!

Teams must have the support of a sponsor organization committed to the team and its climate action project, and willing to manage funds granted to the team towards the completion of its project. Teams must submit the organization’s name, address, phone, email, contact info of adult leader and the organization’s federal tax ID.

Examples of sponsor organizations include:

  • Place of worship
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • School-sponsored Club
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Other community-based 501c3 organizations

STEP 3: Create a video of your community!

Using your smart phone or whatever tools you can access, please put together a 2-3 minute video describing an issue in your community related to climate change and how you’d like to tackle it!

  • Your video should include:
  • The problem you’d like to address.
  • The problem’s effect on your community.
  • What, if anything, is currently being done to address it.
  • What your team would like to do about it.
  • An explanation of how your team’s participation in UCAN could positively impact your community?

STEP 4: Online Application

  • Before completing your online application, post your video to a YouTube or other web-based service. Then copy down the URL to the video – you will need it in the on-line application.

For more information click here: http://aqua.org/learn/student-programs/ucan