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Youth Water Leaders Team Description:The Youth Water Leadership Program is student-driven, meaning that students have a voice in all decision-making and program content. The Youth Water Leaders Team consists of high school students, college students, teachers, intern(s), Wild Rose Education staff, and community members. The Team comes together multiple times prior to the Summit to develop leadership skills, dive deep into local water and river issues, help with Summit planning and logistics, and prepare to emcee the Summit greeting participants and introducing speakers.
Meeting Location: Third Street Center at 520 South Third Street, Carbondale, CO.
Meeting Dates: Specific dates and times will be determined by the members of the Youth Water Leaders Team. Meetings will happen during the following months: late April, twice in September, twice in October, twice in November, and a debrief meeting before the winter holiday break.
Required Activities:Collaborate and participate in the Youth Water Leaders TeamParticipate in and contribute to the success (plan, set up, host, emcee, take down) of Youth Water Summit on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Third Street Center, CarbondalePractice and prepare to emcee the Youth Water Summit, greet participants, and introduce speakersGenerate a reflection piece upon completion of the program to be shared broadly
Student Jobs:Press and Media - Working with Wild Rose Education’s staff and volunteers, students will learn about working with the media, communications, and publicizing an event. This includes helping to publicize the Youth Summit through social media networks, learning how to assemble a press kit, being a spokesperson for the Summit (professionalism, being interviewed, knowledge about the Youth Summit), and other communication (for example writing an article for the school paper or preparing a presentation about the Summit for a school board). At the Summit this team will be responsible for meet and greet of the press, VIPs, presenters, and schools as well as documenting the event through social media. Interactives – This team will work to create Interactives also known as “talk backs”. These are creative (and fun) pieces, games, and displays that are used to provoke participation and discussion throughout the summit around the broad topic of water and climate change. Summit Workshop and Keynote Planning Help build conference agenda, make decisions about speakers, poster session, and Opportunity Expo. Summit Finale – This team will work to create a special conclusion for the Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit. It could include music, readings, interaction or some other participatory piece that reflects the spirit of the Summit.
Possible Leadership Opportunities:Colorado River rafting trip (1-day) with Defiance Rafting in early AugustEcoFlight flight over Roaring Fork Watershed on a September SaturdaySnowmass Water & Sanitation District Laboratory and Reservoir Tour Hosting Colorado Environmental Film Festival Caravan in CarbondaleAttend 9th Annual Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum (professional water conference) at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, November 14-15, 2019Participate in May 2019 and May 2020 Western Water Games event at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison (college students and young professionals only) Benefits to Students:• Real life experience and skill building• Letter of reference from Wild Rose Education upon active participation • Leadership experience for future job, scholarship, and college applications• Community service or continuing education hours certificate
Application Process: Interested students, teachers, and community members need to complete the online application form by Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
Eligibility: 7th-12th Grade Students who have a strong interest in watershed issues, desire to build leadership skills, and who can commit to participating in Team meetings and the Dec. 5, 2019 Youth Water Summit
College Students who have a strong interest in watershed issues, desire to build leadership skills, and who can commit to participating in Team meetings and the Dec. 5, 2019 Youth Water Summit.
Teachers who have a desire to contribute to and shape the Youth Water Leadership Program and who can commit to participating in Team meetings and the Dec. 5, 2019 Youth Water Summit. Continuing education credit hour certificate will be available.
Community members who have a strong interest in supporting youth to explore watershed issues, build leadership skills, and who can commit to participating in Team meetings and the Dec. 5, 2019 Youth Water Summit. Community members must be able to pass a background check.
*Students, teachers, and community members can participate for multiple years.
Any questions should be directed to Sarah Johnson, Youth Water Leadership Program Director at email@example.com or 970-510-0697.