Urban Climate Action Network

The Urban Climate Action Network is a national climate change youth corps created in partnership by the National Aquarium, National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, and APA.

Project Overview

Youth from disadvantaged urban communities vulnerable to climate change impacts have few ways to contribute positively on a wide range of social and environmental issues and often have limited exposure to STEM learning. Educational organizations with specialized expertise and resources often struggle to reach these audiences.

The Urban Climate Action Network (UCAN) will empower high-school aged teens to address climate change in their communities by providing leadership training, technical assistance from scientists and experts, and the resources of a national network. Youth teams will travel to Baltimore for a week of experiential learning and interaction with leading climate scientists and communications experts. They will return to their communities to implement their action plans with support by project staff.

The National Aquarium will host workshops July 9–13, 2018, July 2019, and July 2020. The final project report and evaluation will be completed in September 2020.

Apply to UCAN

Program Applications due February 15, 2018

We are currently soliciting applications from youth teams who are ready and willing to tackle climate change within their communities.

  • Each team must consist of five (5) high-school-aged youth (grades 9–12) and one designated adult team leader.
  • All members of the team must be able to travel to Baltimore during the week of July 9–13, 2018, for a summer workshop centered on project planning, the science of climate change, how to communicate climate change in your community, and working with community partners to make positive changes in the community. (Travel, lodging and programming expenses will be paid by the National Aquarium).
  • All teams must be committed to working on this project over the course of the next THREE YEARS and should expect to travel to Baltimore and possibly one other city annually throughout this time. Team members may and must be replaced as they graduate or if any life changes make their participation impossible during the three-year term of the program.

Application Materials, Resources, and FAQ

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Acknowledgments

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