CLEAN Teleconference Call October 25, 2016

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Seattle Youth CAN! Engaging Youth in Climate Action Through Local Collaboration

Abstract: Woodland Park Zoo launched Seattle Youth Climate Action Network (CAN) in early 2015 with support from The Ocean Project's Innovate Solutions Grants+ Program. Seattle Youth CAN empowers teens to address climate change in their communities through education, leadership, and action. This project represents a unique collaboration between three local informal science institutions, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, and Pacific Science Center and has engaged hundreds of teens in its first two years. The talk will focus on our evolving model for youth driven climate action and will highlight successes and challenges from this pilot project. I will also touch on the power of collaboration between local institutions and cross-sector stakeholders.

Bio: Eli Weiss, Community Engagement Supervisor at Woodland Park Zoo and Project Leader for Seattle Youth Climate Action Network

Eli has worked for more than fifteen years as an educator and program manager, in both formal and informal learning environments. He has extensive experience working with diverse populations in Seattle and internationally. During his four plus years at Woodland Park Zoo, Eli has developed and launched several new education programs including the Seattle Youth Climate Action Network. Through his work he has collaborated with many local and national partners and in 2013 he participated in a yearlong study circle with the National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation. Eli currently leads the Community Engagement team which is working to create more access through the zoo's education programs and increase engagement in communities that are currently less served by the zoo and its mission.

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