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Youth Action for the Planet (YAP) is growing a global youth movement to regenerate the natural world. Teens in YAP access resources, skills, and networks of support to tackle our planet’s most pressing science and environmental issues. Apply today

About YAP

Youth at Teen Science Night

Youth Action for the Planet is an environmental action hub for young people who care about the natural world and want to protect it. In YAP, youth deepen their knowledge of climate and biodiversity science, sharpen their leadership and advocacy skills, and nurture their connection to the Earth.


Leadership Design Council

The YAP Leadership Design Council (LDC) is a unique opportunity for Bay Area teens (ages 14-18) to shape the future of climate and biodiversity action in your community—and beyond. With the support of adult accomplices, LDC members will explore environmental issues, identify solutions, and implement strategies to make a lasting positive impact on our planet. LDC may coordinate classes and workshops for their peers, conduct fieldwork, contribute to restoration projects, meet with experts and activists, organize field trips, produce conferences, and more!



No experience necessary! To be eligible for LDC, applicants must:

  • Be 14-18 years old
  • Live in the Bay Area
  • Attend virtual LDC meetings (every other week)
  • Lead and attend onsite programming and events at the California Academy of Sciences
  • Demonstrate interest and enthusiasm for learning, advocacy, and environmental action

How to Apply

Applications for the 2023-2024 LDC are due Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific


Bay Area Youth Climate Summit

Bay Area Youth Climate Summit

Join us on Saturday, October 14, 2023 for the 4th annual Bay Area Youth Climate Summit. Enjoy a fun and educational day of youth-led climate justice, optimism, and hope-making. Attend interactive workshops on topics like environmental justice and resilience, phone banking, letter writing, sign-making, and climate action plans (CAP) to address climate issues in your community. Reserve your free ticket today!

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