Three teams (ten students, pictured above) from Squaw Valley’s Creekside Charter School were selected to participate in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Teen Leadership Summit October 22-23rd, 2016. This conference educates, inspires, and empowers students to become conservation leaders in their own communities. The children from Creekside were one of only two middle school groups selected to participate. Most of the attendees were from high schools across California.
The students attended sessions including project management, planning and goal setting, as well as completing hands-on projects, and collaborating with other student teams from as far away as Texas.
Inspirational keynote speakers included 25-year old eco-activist Erin Schrode, Co-founder of Turning Green, and David Dennis, Co-Founder of Ventana Surfboards & Supplies – an ecologically sound company transforming trash into functional art, such as hand crafted surf-boards and accessories.
After this training, the students are expected to plan and execute a conservation project within their own communities during the academic year, and present their results back to the conference organizers using social media.
It is no surprise so many young conservation leaders would come from Creekside Charter school, physically located on the grounds of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, an internationally renowned outdoor recreation area. Not only does the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort support many local non-profits, including our own Creekside Cooperative Charter School, they were the first major resort community to ban the sale of single-use plastic bottles and install free electric car changing stations. (You can learn more about Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows commendable history of community giving and environmental stewardship on their website.)
Along with all the other teams at the summit, our Creekside teams are now tasked with planning and executing their own measurable conservation project and we can’t wait to see what they launch in our community.