Welcome! April 17, 2021 Earth Video Conference Youth Climate Training — Registration — Students
We are happy to be having our first YAE training since COVID started. If you registered for the training that was postponed last April and can join this one, just read through this page and email Pam at
so she can move your registration and you won't have to reregister.
Take care of each other and keep your spirits up. Thanks for all you are already doing.
*** Please complete this form and submit as soon as possible. Registration will close when full, and definitely register before Wednesday, April 14, 2021. We may be sending out art supplies for a project that is part of the training, and anyone who does not register by April 9th may not be able to receive these, so please register early! Registering early helps our ability to plan everything. For 4-12th grade students, we must have parent permission back prior to participation in the training, and the video and photo release below must be signed if you want to be part of this training.
Very Important: Please read this page for details, along with the follow-up email you will be receiving shortly before the training and any other emails we may send. ☘️To participate, students must stay for the full training.☘️
All students in grades 4-12 (and the homeschool equivalents) are welcome to all youth climate trainings! Slightly younger students and college students who are interested in doing the training, please contact us at vergun@
to discuss the possibility of participating.
Because this training is web based, students from anywhere in the world with internet access and whose English will permit them to join us are encouraged to register!
Cool Islam is again our host for this training for families of all backgrounds. The Congregation P'nai Or Jewish Renewal of Portland and its Tikkun Olam committee is co-sponsoring this training.
YAE trainings are always FREE to students. In-person trainings include a morning snack and lunch. For video conference trainings we urge parents to try to ensure their student eats a nutritious and hearty breakfast and has a healthy lunch pre-prepared along with a nourishing mid-morning snack. (The students work hard and will need to be well fed if at all possible. 😊) This training will include small graduation gifts as well that we will be shipping after the training is complete.
At a climate training, students learn about climate change from other students through engaging in a slide presentation and discussions, working on their ability to speak with knowledge and authority about climate change, and practice sharing that presentation with other students and adults. We will also be using a simple game to learn about climate justice and engaging in a short arts-based activity, as the arts are another way to "speak out". The climate training experience centers on developing students' knowledge and ability to present this information to others—encouraging themselves and others to act to address the climate crisis. A workshop for parents will occur from 9:00 until 11:00; attending will provide parents with additional knowledge and the chance to talk with other parents in a supportive, structured way so they can even better support their youth.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
(see note above about mid-morning snack and lunch)
9am - 2:00pm (or until we are finished) ***All times are Pacific Time—Add 3 to get the East Coast time.
Please arrive by 8:45.
Outline of the Day for Students and Parents—
Time: 8:45am - Registration/Sign-in and Get Acquainted - Please be on time.
9:00am - Youth Climate Training Begins!
*9:00am - Parent Workshop begins (which lasts until about 11:00)
12:45pm - Parents and guests arrive for the student presentations
1:00pm – Student presentations and Graduation!
Web Conference—Link to be sent later
Our Town—And Yours
Specifics about our video conference trainings: The main downside of a video-conference-based training is that not everyone has access to lots of great technology. It will be necessary, though, that you have access to at least one way to get on the internet, ideally a computer that works well with a stable internet connection. We recommend a computer (especially a Mac) or iPad, though an iPhone would work. If you have a friend from whom you borrow what you need for the day, please do.
More important is that parents will need to have a way to join us that is separate from students, and ideally be in another room, since the parent and youth activities are separate for most of the training. Even for the final presentation, it will be easier if the student is the only one on the device they are using.
Parents and grandparents can share the same device. However, if possible, it would be good, if more than one student from your home will be attending, if they can each be on a different device in a different area. This is because students will be working in smaller groups (breakout sessions) for part of the training. In the "Comments" section below, please let us know the names of any students who might need to share a device to join the training and if so the names of all students who will be joining from your home, so that before the training we can better help make this work for you.
Parents will be free from about 11:00 to 12:30 and are welcome to volunteer during that time, or leave and return in time for the students' presentation. If you plan to volunteer, please register as a volunteer on our volunteer registration page and note that you are a parent. You may be contacted by our core volunteers before the training.
At 1:00pm, parents will return for a student-led climate presentation and celebrate students' graduation.
At in-person trainings, lunch for youth and volunteers is provided.
Important: 😊 As detailed below in the photo and video release section, we will be taking photos and videos periodically during the training to inspire others. Your acceptance of this release allows your family to participate in the training. Registration requires it. If you would like to talk to someone about this, please contact Pam at vergun @
well before the training. Please know that we do not add the names of students in conjunction with these images unless the parents and student involved have decided they would like their names used as part of their climate work.
If you would like to volunteer as an Adult or Youth Leader, including if you are a parent of a student attending the training, please register at:
Thanks to our volunteers and youth climate leaders for making this event possible! For more information, please visit
Tell us a little bit about the student.
Student's First Name
Student's Last Name
Age as of the day of the YAE Training
School (or Homeschool)
Medical/Dietary Information for your Student
Allergies / Special Health Considerations (Including Dietary Restrictions). If your child has a potential life-threatening allergy, we ask that you join us for the Academy as a volunteer.
Special needs/Behavioral issues
We make every effort to engage the students fully throughout the climate training day. However, if your student has special needs (such as ADHD) that would interfere with their and other students’ participation, we require that one parent volunteer for the training so that you can be responsible for supervising and supporting your student's participation to ensure the best experience possible for them and for other students. Also, we reserve the right to contact parents to have them get their student if their student's participation with other students is not working.
Please select whichever categories best fit.
Pacific Islander American
Native American (American Indian)
Thoughts about How to Help
You can fill this out for your students, but if possible, ask them to complete this question with you. How would your youth-climate-leader-to-be like to help make a difference for our Earth? We appreciate your help in joining us in supporting student leaders in presenting the climate slideshow and doing other advocacy. Of the endless ways our families make a difference, here is a short list of actions our student leaders have taken. Check all that you are interested in.
Form a club for school, neighborhood, or faith group
Organize or volunteer for tree-planting
Work to restore local forests & parks
Raise money and donate to rainforests worldwide
Save energy at home
Consume & waste less at home
Host lemonade stand / bake sale for trees
Inspire leaders and businesses to plant worldwide
Introduce a Climate Recovery Plan in your city
Support youth court cases for Climate Recovery Plans
Write songs, poems, letters, speeches & petitions
Protest oil, gas & coal industry
Ask our leaders to require "Warming Labels" on gas pump nozzles
Support or lead a campaign to divest from fossil fuels and nuclear power
Work on getting your city to ban fossil fuel exports
Work with legislators to pass Carbon Cap and Dividend legislation
Create art to teach about Climate Change and Recovery
For the student to answer: Why do you want to come to a Youth Climate Training to learn about Climate Change?
(This question is not required, but encouraged. :-)) Discuss with your child why they would want to come, and then ask them to write a two-sentence essay answer. (More is okay, but two-sentences should be completely sufficient.)
T-shirt Size (not yet sure we will be giving t-shirts, but please answer in case)
Student's Email (optional)
After the training, we would like to stay in touch with climate training participants and families. This would be to share upcoming speaking opportunities and other climate justice events. We will be asking for the parent's email also in a moment.
Student's Mobile Phone (optional)
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