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Yes: Teen Climate Ambassador 2020-21


NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and Whiteville, NC

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences, in partnership with the UNC Institute for the Environment, is excited to launch Youth Engaged in the Science of Resilience (YES-Resilience) Teen Climate Ambassadors, a FREE, yearlong youth STEM enrichment program for rising 9th-12th grade students. Teen Climate Ambassadors will explore the local impacts of climate change in their community and investigate strategies for increasing community resilience through field experiences, hands-on activities and experiments using cutting-edge science and technology. In addition, students will be invited to contribute to and/or develop action projects designed to strengthen their community’s resilience.


Programming will occur during virtual and in-person sessions (as health guidelines allow) based at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences facilities in Raleigh and Whiteville, starting in August 2020 and running through June 2021. 


Teen Climate Ambassadors will be asked to commit to the following:

  • A virtual orientation and Program Kickoff: August 29, 2020
  • At least two of four academic year events (these events will take place on Saturdays, teacher workdays or non-religious school holidays. Currently, dates include September 12 and November 11, 2020. Spring 2021 dates are yet to be determined).
  • Mandatory monthly webinars and/or group project meetings as scheduled during the school year (based on student availability).
  • A three-day Summer Institute in June, 2021.
  • Participants will receive a modest stipend after successful completion of the program. 


Applications for the 2020–21  program are now open! Female, nonbinary and minority students belonging to groups under-represented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply.


To apply, students must complete the online student application form and have a teacher/mentor complete the online teacher recommendation form by 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 15th 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.


This program is made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation (Advancing Informal STEM Learning  (AISL) Award Number:1906846).


Dana Brown Haine, MS (she, her, hers)

K-12 Science Education Manager | Center for Public Engagement with Science

UNC Institute for the Environment

CB#1105, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

(919) 843-5735

(919) 966-9920 (fax)


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