A Seat at Our Table – Calling all young decision-makers to join TCI’s Inaugural Emerging Leaders Council or Board of Directors

“Nothing about us, without us!”

For many decades, the norm for youth-serving organizations has been to operate with little to no youth input regarding organizational decision-making. But, as youth-serving organizations, we can do better. In recent years, we have been seeing a critically needed rise in meaningful youth engagement with organizations taking action to provide continual, active, and authentic leadership opportunities to youth for their expert input. We believe in the capacity of young people and want to create a space for them to lead and help us better serve our target population. Therefore, we are calling on young decision-makers to join The Climate Initiative (TCI) as a member of our inaugural Emerging Leaders Council or NextGen Member of our Board of Directors! 

Opportunity Description
The Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) is a group of 22 young decision-makers who will help advance our mission to empower youth voices for climate action by creating campaigns and projects to educate, empower, and activate youth and their local communities for climate action. The ELC will co-design and lead community projects to mobilize people in their sphere to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and create meaningful impact. Throughout the term, The Climate Initiative (TCI) will provide leadership training and fun sessions for the ELC members to sharpen their skills, grow their networks, and build community. We invite applicants with all levels of experience to apply to be an ELC Member or Co-Chair. 

Those interested in additional leadership are highly encouraged to apply to be a NextGen Board Member. As a NextGen Board Member, you would fulfill responsibilities as an official member of the TCI Board of Directors, in addition to the Emerging Leaders Council. TCI will provide training to serve on the board to supplement the training and sessions you will receive as an ELC member. Learn about the current Board of Directors here. 

All applicants must be based in a FEMA-recognized region of the United States or tribal community, and be 13 to 23 years of age.

Available Positions

  • 18 spots – Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) Member: Responsible for attending biweekly ELC meetings and helping to create, support, advise, and carry out campaigns and projects within ELC. Max ~ 2 hours per week.
  • 2 spots – Emerging Leaders Council Co-Chair: Responsible for providing strategic direction for both ELC campaigns and projects, and being one of two liaisons between the Council, TCI staff, and campaign/project partners. Max ~5 hours per week.
  • 2 spots – Emerging Leaders Council Member + NextGen Board Member: The same responsibilities as the ELC Member (stated above), plus serving as a liaison between the Council, TCI staff, and TCI board, and fulfilling duties as a TCI board member. Max ~5 hours per week.

Key Dates
Emerging Leaders Council Members + Co-Chairs
Term Dates: Friday, April 1, 2022 – Thursday, August 31, 2023
Applications Open: Thursday, March 10
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 23 by 11:59pm PST

NextGen Board Members
Term Dates: Friday, April 22, 2022 – Thursday, August 31, 2023
Applications Open: Thursday, March 10
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 23 by 11:59pm PST
*Please note that NextGen Board Members are also members of the Emerging Leaders Council, and that term begins Friday, April 1.

Application Materials

  • Written response (2-3 paragraphs)
  • What kinds of projects have you led or been a part of? Tell us about your role in campaigns or projects to shape a healthier planet and mobilize people for climate action. If your experience is in leading non-climate-related work, that is okay. 
  • Short video (2-3 minutes) 
  • Tell us why you want to be part of the Emerging Leaders Council (and NextGen Board, if applicable). Please share the link to your video below (YouTube, Google Drive, etc.). 
  • Resume/CV
  • LinkedIn/Portfolio URL (optional)


  • Skill-building and climate education workshops and sessions
  • Engagement with thought leaders 
  • Opportunity to serve as a community leader with mentorship from The Climate Initiative
  • Joining a community of like-minded youth
  • Shaping organizational strategy to best serve youth

Meeting Cadence

  • ELC members will meet biweekly, or weekly as needed
  • ELC Co-Chairs will meet biweekly or weekly with the Youth Engagement Manager, Pooja Tilvawala, as needed
  • NextGen Board Members will join biweekly ELC meetings, and monthly Board of Directors meetings, and sometimes be asked to join the ELC Co-Chair meetings

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All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, please email our Youth Engagement Manager, Pooja Tilvawala, at