For Colma residents in 9th-12th grade: Join the Climate Ambassador Program!

Posted on August 24, 2023

The County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability is accepting applications for the  Youth Climate Ambassador (YCA) Program for all 9th-12th grade students in Colma and other cities in San Mateo County. This program is offered in a virtual setting for participants, with twice a month Thursday evening meetings on Zoom accompanied by three in person retreats on Saturdays throughout the program. The participant schedule and online application is at:

Highlights of the Youth Climate Ambassador Program:

  • Join a network of youth climate leaders to connect with professionals working on climate change and sustainability
  • Receive funding for  final project (up to $500)
  • Receive a stipend for completing the program, $550 per student (additional support is provided for students living in households with limited financial resources).

More details on the program:

  • The YCA program is a 7-month, youth leadership program that provides students with the opportunity to dive into social and environmental issues contributing to the global climate crisis.
  • Through the program, students will build their knowledge of climate change, explore various climate solutions, and develop a final project to create positive, environmental change within their school or local community.
  • Example projects developed by students in previous cohorts include: advocating for policy change on campus or throughout the school district, building a native plant or pollinator gardens, installing rain barrels, hosting invasive species removal or watershed clean up events, advocating for renewable energy usage, and more! See past student projects here. 

Applications are open now and close Friday, September 15th at midnight.
Learn more about the program here and apply today! Questions? Please email Karen Wang at

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