Register for the Youth Summit on Climate and Sustainability

12th Annual BLS YouthCAN Annual Youth Summit on Climate and Sustainability at MIT

Registration is live as of April 23. Please register early to guarantee a spot in your preferred workshop. Spread the word by sharing this flyer.

Summit Schedule:
9:00 – 10:00   Registration/Check In
10:00 – 11:00 Welcome, Keynote speaker - Elena Letona, Ex.Dir. Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts
11:00 – 12:00 Workshops
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch/Exhibitors/Activities
1:30 – 3:00 Doannie Tran, Assistant Superintendent, Academics and Professional Learning at Boston Public Schools, South Street Youth Center, Youth Networking, Raffle Prizes!
Location: MIT Building 34-101, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Details: Event is open to the public (youth and adults) & is FREE!  Breakfast & Lunch included
Contact Info for questions or last minute cancellations: Cate Arnold
Organizers:  Boston Latin School YouthCAN & Radius at MIT


1) Download and complete the parental consent form here and upload it with your registration in step 2 or bring it with you on the day of the conference

2) Fill out the webform below to register for one of the following workshops (please do not complete the form more than once):

  1.  Activists At Work! – Foundation for a Green Future | Join us to brainstorm what speakers, topics, and opportunities to offer at our new program, EcoYouth Leadership Congress that we plan to host this summer as part of Boston GreenFest at Boston City Hall Plaza.  We will be collaborating with UN Youth and Project Green Schools.  What's on your mind when it comes to the environment and climate change?  How can you contribute to help our society change its course?
  2. Organizing and Campaign Strategy – 350 Mass for a Better Future | Meet with leaders of 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future and learn how to build people power and how to plan climate and sustainability campaigns that win!
  3. Activism for Sustainability:  Youth on the Front Lines of Leadership & Change – Boston Student Advisory Council | Come meet with BSAC leaders and find out what students are doing to promote sustainability in Boston.  See part of a youth Ted Talk on sustainability.  Find out how you can get involved!
  4. Greenovate Climate Ambassadors - Greenovate Boston, Muge Undemir + Lauren Zingarelli | Come workshop ideas with Greenovate Boston and design your ideal climate action program. Your feedback and ideas will help redesign the current Climate Ready Boston Leaders program to focus more on climate action and social justice.
  5. How Youth Activists Can Get Involved in Food Justice & Why It Matters What and How We Eat – BLS & Northeastern University | How can we empower each other to advocate for a food system that ensures everyone has the right to food produced in a way that respects people and the planet? From food deserts in low-income communities, to food miles, big agra, and hydroponics, we'll map out food systems issues and create a sustainable path towards our roles as students, citizens, community members, and consumers."
  6. Air Quality and the Public Health Impacts of Climate Change – Boston Climate Action Network | Find out from a research scientist from Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber what climate change means for public health.  Explore how poor air quality is linked to cancer rates and other related diseases in Boston, the US, and worldwide.  Learn what can be done to address these critical issues and how youth have been taking action.
  7. Using the Arc Building Platform in Schools & Engaging Youth Leaders – Boston Public Schools & The USGBC Center for Green Schools | Come find out how you might be able to use the Arc building platform to track sustainability performance in your school.  Meet with students who have been piloting Arc this year and find out how it has helped move sustainability goals forward in their school.
  8. Action in Higher Education: The University as a Living Laboratory and the Roles of Students – Harvard School of Public Health | How can we - as individuals and members of communities - leverage our collective strengths to co-create environments that cultivate the planet and its inhabitants’ potential to live and thrive?  This workshop will not answer this question. However, taking the case of climate action as an example, the workshop will be an exploration into the ways each of us can affect change and support the work of others along the way.  Workshop leader Adam Meier is studying public health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is the sustainability manager for Harvard’s medical, dental, and public health schools, working for Harvard’s Office for Sustainability. He lives on an orchard!
  9. Our Time to Rise: Building Power, Making Change & Winning Elections | Young people have always been at the forefront of change, from the civil rights movement, to the environmental movement, to the movement to end gun violence. Now with climate change threatening our health, our safety and our right to a liveable planet, it’s time for our generation to rise again! In this workshop, you’ll learn how social movements hold the key to building the just, climate-stable future we all deserve.  You’ll learn how to organize your community to take collective action, how to launch campaigns, build people power, pass policies and win elections!  You'll also learn about Sunrise Movement and how you can take action with us. A better future is within our reach - all we need is your leadership to make it happen. Join us!