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It’s time for New York City’s next generation of climate action leaders to stand up.

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If you’re a City high school student (or at least know one) who’s interested in making a positive difference in how our communities respond to climate change, the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Sustainability wants to hear from you!

Between now and October 11, 2022, NYC public high school students across the five boroughs can apply to join the DOE’s 2022–23 Youth Leadership Council (YLC). Now in its fifth year, the YLC helps give its student members the opportunity to learn more about climate change and sustainability from experts, develop leadership skills, earn community service hours, and build relationships with each other and other community leaders and organizations.

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Once the 2022–23 YLC’s membership is finalized at the end of October, the YLC will meet in-person beginning in November 2022 until June 2023. Meetings will take place at various sustainability organizations across the City every second Thursday of the month, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. During these official gatherings, YLC members will work together to create Climate Action Plans for their schools and/or local communities and plan the upcoming 2023 NYC DOE Youth Climate Summit.

To learn more about YLC and to apply, visit our “2022–23 Sustainability Youth Leadership Council Application” webpage. But hurry; this year’s YLC application is due on Tuesday, October 11, at 11:59 p.m., so don’t delay—apply today!

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