Youth Organizations Making Waves and Effecting Change

The following are some groups of (and/or for) young people who are leading and inspiring positive change and fighting for a livable future. These organizations represent various age groups (from children to teens to young adults / Gen Z and “millennials”), and they are building powerful social movements for climate action, intergenerational and environmental justice, and youth awareness and empowerment. Most of the following groups are based in the United States.

Many of the following groups could fall within any/all of the three categories listed below (environmental/climate action, education, and political/advocacy), but I’ve tried to put each group under the category that might be most applicable:

Environmental / climate action:

Our Children’s Trust
Our Climate
Action for the Climate Emergency (ACE)
Defend Our Future
Sunrise Movement
Fridays for Future
Zero Hour
OneGreenThing’s Gen Z Council
Earth Uprising
Youth 4 Nature
SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Justice and Sustainability
International Youth Climate Movement
Earth Guardians
Defend Our Future
Hip Hop Caucus
Brower Youth Awards
International Eco-Hero Awards (Action for Nature)
Turning Green
ECO2school youth leadership program


The Climate Initiative
Institute for Humane Education
Global Student Embassy
Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots
Children & Nature Network
Learning for Justice
(And for often-informative teen media, see: Teen Vogue, the online magazine)

(Also see: Green Curricula and Environmental Learning Activities)

Political (including voting advocacy):

NextGen America
Rock the Vote
Campus Vote Project
Cap, Gown, Vote!
18by Vote
Alliance for Youth Action
Hip Hop Caucus
Millennial Politics
Young Invincibles
Youth Empower (Women’s March)
March for Our Lives / Vote for Our Lives
Youth Over Guns
Students Demand Action
Young Democrats of America
College Democrats

You can find these and other youth/young-adult-focused organizations in our Twitter list.

What are some other youth-led or youth-focused groups that you think people should know about? Please mention them in the Comments!

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December 18, 2018

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Sanjana Karthik August 1, 2021 at 12:58 pm

Hi there,

I am emailing you today because I thought you might be interested in participating in our youth engagement event. My name is Sanjana and I am the youth representative for the Small-FIle Media Festival. I have done work in the past with Small File Media Festivals, and also run my own organizations including YWMTU, myEsprit, and radio show The Reality Is.

The Small File Media Festival celebrates low-bandwidth movies that stream with no damage to the planet! Streaming video has an alarmingly high carbon footprint: it’s the cause of about 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions.* But these movies at under 5 megabytes each—about the size of a small PDF file—show that great cinema doesn’t have to mean great big files.

I am putting together an hour-long event during the festival which is running August 19th at 10 am, where I’d like to have three or so industry/community leader’s talk about their experience adapting their work with the environment in mind, and how youth can engage with these concepts within their own lives. We will be chatting with Dr.Laura Marks (the founder of Small-File Media festival, filmmaker Sophia Biedka, environmental advocates, and data streaming experts! I will also be hosting a Kahoot game at the end of the discussion where our youth viewers will be challenged to test their knowledge!

If you are interested in participating in our event, please follow the link below to sign up!

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you! Please do let me know if you are also interested in hearing further details regarding the festival



Robert Gboluma May 29, 2021 at 2:17 pm

Please extend your program to Liberia.

Leah DiPisa March 4, 2021 at 12:28 pm

Hello! I am the recruiter for a clean energy company called Common Energy. We have a youth- collective that does outreach to sign individuals up to community solar projects, within our regions. Our mission is to reduce carbon emissions by advocating for community solar, which connects people’s utility accounts to our community solar projects. I am reaching out to inquire about a possible partnership opportunity, or a chance to spread the word about our program to the youth within your networks. We are a team of young, passionate environmentalists trying to make a positive change for our Earth, at a grassroots level. I look forward to hearing from you, and am excited to discuss the opportunities to connect!

admin May 20, 2019 at 9:41 am

Thank you for sending this information, and for the good work you do. We’ll add this organization to the post!

Emma Thornton May 20, 2019 at 7:31 am

Youth4Nature is a youth-led international initiative advocating for natural climate solutions. In pursuing climate action, political leaders cannot forget young people and they cannot forget nature. We are empowering young people around the world to mobilize for nature and climate and hold our political leaders to account on both the climate and ecological crises. Visit our website to help build this movement!

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