Event Details

Young Voices for the Planet

La Roche College
Sunday, January 27, 2019
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Young Voices for the Planet

Funded by The Heinz Endowments, this day-long professional development course welcomes formal and informal educators of all grade levels and subject areas to explore ways to empower and inspire their students in the face of climate change and other environmental concerns.

A professional facilitator will lead the workshop and guide teachers in discussions and break-out sessions. The workshop also will include a formal presentation by Young Voices for the Planet (YVFP) founder and children’s book author/illustrator Lynn Cherry.

The workshop goals include:

  • YVFP’s theory of change and approach to youth empowerment.
  • Considering psychology and social science when teaching troubling environmental issues.
  • How to overcome students’ “motivated avoidance” when learning about troubling issues.
  • Helping students overcome doom and gloom, and be energized by hope for the future.
  • Guiding students in creating their action plan to address an issue of their choosing in their community in Western Pennsylvania.

Tickets are available online at the cost of $15. Registration includes ACT 48 credits upon workshop completion, continental breakfast and lunch, and free on-site parking.

The mission of the YVFP film series is to limit the magnitude of climate change and its impacts by empowering children and youth, through uplifting and inspiring success stories, to take an essential role in informing their communities — and society at large, challenging decision-makers and catalyzing change.