This episode features Katie O’Reilly Morgan and Gina Fiorile of The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York.
Katie O’Reilly Morgan (Youth Climate Program Coordinator) and Gina Fiorile (Youth Engagement Strategist and current UVM student) work for The Wild Center (The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks) in Tupper Lake NY with the Youth Climate Initiative. The Youth Climate Initiative was born out of a student desire for youth involvement in the Climate Change conversation and impacts in the Adirondacks. This led to the creation of the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, a 2-day experience where teams of students from area schools come together at The Wild Center to listen and learn from experts in the field through hands-on workshops and plenaries.
After which they come back together in their teams to create Climate Action Plans to bring back and implement in their schools and communities. Now in its 8th year, the summit has become an annual event and grown into a year-round program to better support student climate action. With the success of the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, The Wild Center has been able to share our experience and summit framework with other organizations and schools to develop Youth Climate Summits across the country and world in places such as Finland, Vermont, Detroit, Seattle, and the Catskills region of NY.
This has led to regional recognition by three village board communities in the Adirondacks and by the Adirondack Park Agency for outstanding work by the Adirondack Youth Climate Initiative. As well as national recognition by The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Climate Education and Literacy Initiative. Inclusion at the climate talks (UN COP21) in Paris, and a National Green Schools Sustainability Award for an Outstanding Environmental Education Program with a Proven Track Record of 5 or more years.
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This episode features Andrew Brennan, the National Field Director for Student Voice.
Andrew Brennen is a sophomore in the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is majoring in Strategic Communication and Public Policy.
Andrew co-founded the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team in 2012 as a junior in high school. In this capacity, Andrew helped launch and lead a number of projects to amplify and elevate students as partners in improving Kentucky schools. These include a successful statewide, student-led campaign to restore over 15 million for low-income student scholarships; the drafting and promotion of HB 236 to add students to superintendent screening committees; an investigation into the tripwires that prevent high school students from making smooth transitions to college; and a “student voice audit” of a local junior high school to engage students in improving school climate.
In January 2016, Andrew took on a new role as the National Field Director for Student Voice, a national organization with the goal of bridging the gap between students and the education community. As part of his role in Student Voice, Andrew lead a nation-wide tour with the goal of engaging thousands of students across the country through a platform called the “Student Bill of Rights”. Andrew considers himself a storyteller and believes in the power of amplifying and elevating the student experience.
Twitter is: @aebrennen and @stu_voice
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This episode features Dr. Bill Preble, a longtime student voice advocate, author and more.
Dr. Bill Preble has worked on youth voice issues for over 30 years as a teacher, program developer, researcher, and author. He created Project S.A.M.E. a US-Soviet Youth Exchange that brought students from the US and USSR together to advocate for peace; founded Students Concerned about Bias in Society (SCABS) who fought for implementation of Title IX in Maine schools; directed the University of Maine Aspirations Project and launched 35 statewide student leadership teams to bring students’ voices to educational reform; conducted program evaluation research on the effects of the Maine Civil Rights Teams Project whose 50 student teams fought against bigotry and intolerance in Maine communities; founded the Center for School Climate and Learning and worked in hundreds of schools supporting students, teachers and administrators to bring youth voice to school reform in the US; co-authored two books, The Respectful School, and Transforming School Climate and Learning to share what I have learned.
This special episode with Dr. Bill Preble is available here: