As part of our ongoing efforts to foster student leadership, EarthGen launched a new Youth Fellowship program.
This program provides paid opportunities to high school students who are passionate about climate justice and wish to expand their knowledge on this critical issue. After a thoughtful selection process, fellows will work closely with EarthGen staff and partners to develop a research project that focuses on the current state of climate change education. Throughout the four-month program, fellows will receive tailored guidance and support to design and implement their projects, culminating in a final product and presentation to share their findings with a wide audience.
We are pleased to welcome our first fellows Deja, Charles, and Jwan, three exceptional high school students who will partner with us as we continue to support youth leadership. Stay tuned throughout the year for updates from our fellows!
Meet our Three Youth Fellows
Sixteen-year-old Charles Johnson is a visually impaired environmental justice advocate. He channeled his love of the outdoors to establish the Green Beings, an environmental justice club at the Washington State School for the Blind.
“I want to promote climate awareness and ensure all communities have a voice in the discussion of environmental justice,” says Charles, who is excited to learn and work with the other fellows as they work to influence positive change.
As a child in Iraq and an immigrant to the United States, ninth-grader Jwan Magsoosi has lived at the intersection of social injustice and climate change impacts. She says, “I have always learned about environmental justice topics, but I have never known how to look for opportunities, ways to get involved, and to take action.” With this fellowship, she looks forward to developing the skills and experience to take action for climate solutions and environmental justice.
Although she is only a junior, Deja Jangana has lived in seven cities on two continents. From urban areas built among the temperate evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest to mangroves in the Gambia, Deja observed the way the built environment affects both nature and the nature of communities. As an EarthGen fellow, she is excited to grow her research skills and looks forward to collecting data from youth across Washington.
“I’m also really looking forward to connecting with the other youth fellows and working together with them to really make some change,” she says.
Visit the EarthGen website for information on our Youth Fellows.