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Youth Climate Leaders Head to China

by Amy Jolly


This summer,
two The Climate Center Youth Advisory Board members – Izzi Rader and
Jannike Allen – will travel to China to participate in the American Youth
Leadership Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The goal of the program
is to introduce young leaders to new cultures and ideas, fostering an interest
in cross-cultural dialogue and cooperation on pressing global issues like climate
change. Students will exchange ideas with other teens and community leaders
pursuing innovative solutions to pressing environmental problems, and
participate in workshops on leadership and the environment.

Izzi and
Jannike are two of just seventeen students from high schools across the Bay
Area selected to participate in this  summer
cultural exchange and environmental studies program. They were selected in a
competitive process that recognizes their meaningful contributions to their
community as youth leaders advocating for responsible climate response actions.
Paola Alvarado, program coordinator for The Climate Center’s
(CCP) ECO2school, will accompany the students to China as a chaperone.

Rader, a senior at Windsor High School, has been volunteering with CCP’s ECO2school
Youth Leadership program since the fall of 2012. In 2014 she joined the Youth Advisory Board and currently serves as an intern for CCP.
An avid cyclist, she uses a bike
as her primary mode of transportation in all weather. She engages in many extracurricular
activities related to sustainability,
including the Global Student Embassy and the Kiwanis Key Club. She also started
an Eco-Club on campus and is interning
with Yuba Bicycles.

Jannike Allen, a senior
at Analy High School, has been volunteering
with the CCP’s ECO2school Youth Leadership program since
the fall of 2012 when she entered high school. Her activism started when she
was in middle school as a part of a Teens Go Green club. She has started a Cycling
Club on campus and has
volunteered with the Rahus Institute’s Solar School House. In
addition to her community work, she makes time for music, playing soccer, and
running track.

The Climate Center
is so proud of these remarkable students who will represent American youth in
the most positive way, while soaking up a unique international perspective to
apply to their future endeavors.  


(bon voyage)