In 2018 CEC began a High School Environmental Internship program with a grant from the Morris S. Smith Foundation, Sterling Franklin, Trustee and with support from the City of Burlingame and its sustainability coordinator, Sigalle Michael. We began with eight students, all Burlingame residents, who attended five different high schools. The purpose of the program was to help these students learn about environmental issues and to support them in leading sustainability initiatives at their respective campuses.
Leaders from the San Mateo County Office of Education were enthusiastic about the program. With their cooperation, as well as support from the county Office of Sustainability and a grant from Peninsula Clean Energy, we worked together to expand the program countywide into the Youth Climate Ambassadors Leadership Program.
As of September 2020, there are six adult mentors supervising 54 students in a comprehensive environmental education program that will culminate in students leading Community Impact Projects throughout the county. The current group will finish the program in December 2020.
Applications are NOW open, through November 29, for the program running from January to December 2021.