Youth Environmental Academy

Our youth interns have dedicated over 700 hours this summer towards crafting a healthier and more sustainable East Bay! Congrats YEA grads!
Our youth interns have dedicated over 700 hours this summer towards crafting a healthier and more sustainable East Bay! Congrats YEA grads!
Our youth interns have dedicated over 700 hours this summer towards crafting a healthier and more sustainable East Bay! Congrats YEA grads!
Our youth interns have dedicated over 700 hours this summer towards crafting a healthier and more sustainable East Bay! Congrats YEA grads!
Our youth interns have dedicated over 700 hours this summer towards crafting a healthier and more sustainable East Bay! Congrats YEA grads!
Our youth interns have dedicated over 700 hours this summer towards crafting a healthier and more sustainable East Bay! Congrats YEA grads!

The Ecology Center’s Youth Environmental Academy (YEA) is a green leadership development program for young people ages 14-22. YEA provides structured, paid internships to youth at our headquarters in West Berkeley.

Through programming based on the nationally acclaimed Roots of Success curriculum, youth will emerge with content knowledge across the following areas: 1) Health, Food Systems, Food Justice, and Sustainable Agriculture, 2) Alternative Energy, 3) Climate Change, 4) Water Conservation, and 5) Waste Management and Recycling.

Through guided, hands-on projects led by professionals, youth will also gain job skills that will prepare them for green careers. YEA participants “earn and learn” while moving to positions of greater responsibility and leadership – from Youth Scholars to Youth Interns to Youth Program Assistants. The ultimate outcome is a new generation of environmentally conscious community leaders!

Community Needs Addressed

YEA is a 150-hour program designed to engage, inspire, and prepare youth traditionally excluded from the environmental movement towards leadership, career paths, and behaviors for the health and well-being of their communities and the planet.

YEA addresses three needs: 1) lack of career pathways for teens, 2) lack of qualified and racially diverse applicants for entry-level, local green job openings, and 3) a lack of
environmental education and empowerment among disenfranchised communities.


Contact Us/Apply to Join

YEA Youth Scholars are recruited via the City of Berkeley’s Youthworks program and Berkeley Youth Alternatives.

For more information, contact:
youthdevelopment@ecologycenter.org
510-548-2220 x224


YEA Sessions and Dates

The Youth Environmental Academy offers an 8-week session during the summer and a 15-week afterschool session in the spring.

February – May 2017: YEA Spring Session

June –August 2017 YEA Summer Session