Youth for Environmental Action

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“I am passionate about social justice and I want to make sure that future generations have the same opportunities to be enriched in the outdoors as I have had.”

–Youth for Environmental Action Leader

The purpose of Youth for Environmental Action is to connect students who are passionate about the environment and who want to take action together for the future. YEA students work on projects that increase school sustainability, advocate with school leaders for change, and plan and lead Santa Cruz County’s annual Environmental Action Summit bringing together community leaders, educators, and students to find solutions to the environmental issues our community faces. No previous leadership experience is needed!

Still accepting applications for the 2022-2023 YEA Teams

Support Team spaces are available at ALL high schools. Leadership Team Positions are still available for students at:
  • Ceiba
  • Cypress High School
  • Delta High School
  • Harbor High School
  • Pacific Collegiate School
  • Pajaro Valley High School
  • Santa Cruz High School
  • Soquel High School
  • Watsonville High School

SUBMIT THIS FORM TO APPLY! Here are the details:
1) Leadership Team (High School only--see above for schools with current open leadership positions)
  • Join the core leadership team to work with YEA leaders from different high schools across the county to identify YEA projects and lead the annual Youth for Environmental Action Summit.
  • Meets weekly on Thursdays 4-5pm (on zoom)

2) Support Team (High School only--current openings at ALL schools)
  • Join your school’s support team to work with other students from your school who want to plan environmental action at your school site
  • Meets twice a month on Thursdays 4-5pm (on zoom)
3) YEA Member (High School and Middle School)
  • Receive invitations to YEA events and help raise awareness of YEA in your community
  • No meetings required

See the program overview here for more information!

For more information contact: Amity Sandage at or Celeste Gutierrez at

Y.E.A Advisor

Amity Sandage,

pronouns: she/her/hers

Environmental Literacy Coordinator at Santa Cruz County Office of Education

My work, which I love, is to support schools to build students' understanding of and connection to the environment, so they are empowered and prepared to take action for a sustainable future.
A quote that I believe in: "Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries." --Jimmy Carter