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Increasing youth participation to address climate change is crucial as climate change impacts continue to intensify over time. This summer, EcoRise, in conjunction with the City of Houston Office of Sustainability and Hire Houston Youth, is launching the Youth Climate Ambassadors Program. A group of six dynamic young adults has been selected for the program which was created to train young Houstonians to be climate leaders in their communities. The Ambassadors will advance key goals of the Houston Climate Action Plan (CAP) by raising awareness about the impacts of climate change and gathering feedback from historically underserved communities on climate challenges and environmental
justice issues.

Continue reading to meet the summer 2021 Houston Youth Climate Ambassadors.

Anya G

My name is Anya and I am an incoming freshman at the University of Texas at Austin. I will be studying environmental science and sustainability studies. My council district is F. My hobbies and interests include music, the environment, and sustainability and I enjoy volunteering and spending time outside.

Devin G

My name is Devin and I am an incoming Freshman at Harvard College, Class of 2025. I will be studying Environmental Science & Public Policy. I represent Council District J. I am an avid climate organizer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Houston Youth Climate Strike in my spare time.

Evelina T

My name is Evelina and I am a rising freshman at Syracuse University. I currently reside in District I and my area of interest is within environmental and racial justice.

Heyby P

My name is Heyby and I am attending the University of Texas at Austin in the fall. I represent Council District J. I am very interested in government and non-profit work.

Maia M

My name is Maia and I attend the University of Houston where I reside in District D. I am majoring in Political Science and Public Relations with a minor in Energy and Sustainability. I am passionate about working in the public affairs sector of energy in the future and also working as a Houston Climate Ambassador this summer!

Natalie H

Hi, my name is Natalie and I go to Trinity University located in San Antonio, TX. I am majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I am very excited to utilize my personal skills for the Houston Climate Ambassador Program this summer and be an advocate for sustainability in our community!