How old to I have to be to apply for the Youth Leadership Council?

Youth Leadership Council members must be between the ages of 15-22 at the time of application.

How long do members serve on the Youth Leadership Council?

Members serve a two year term on the Youth Leadership Council.

Can I apply for the Youth Leadership Council if I live outside of the United States?

International applicants are encouraged to apply for the Youth Leadership Council in even-numbered years e.g. 2020, 2022, 2024. All applicants should have the ability to clearly write and communicate in the English language.

What will I be doing as a Youth Leadership Council member?

As a Youth Leadership Council member you will have the unique opportunity to provide input and leadership to EarthEcho International’s programs to empower young people to create a sustainable future for our planet. Council members connect through bi-monthly calls and virtual communication to provide guidance to EarthEcho’s programs and develop national and international campaigns to motivate their peers to take environmental action. Council members will select a committee that supports existing programming and attend more frequent committee calls. Council members also have the opportunity to attend in-person meetings and represent EarthEcho at conferences and community events.

How many members will be selected for the Youth Leadership Council?

This year, EarthEcho International will select up to nine new young people to join the ten members continuing their two-year term on the Youth Leadership Council.

What background experience do I need to apply?

While no specific background experience is required, Council members are selected to ensure the group contains members with diverse skill sets and experiences, a passion for environmental conservation/sustainability, and an interest in providing a youth voice to the work of EarthEcho International.

What are examples of past projects Youth Leadership Council members have been involved in?

Council members have a diverse role – allowing them to provide direct input to EarthEcho International’s existing and developing programs, while implementing their own campaigns to support EarthEcho’s work. One example of a campaign carried out by Youth Leadership Council members is EarthEcho’s 3T4E initiative – a social media challenge launched by the Youth Leadership Council to engage individuals across the globe in picking up three pieces of trash on November 1, 2016 and sharing on social media with the hashtag #3T4E – highlighting the collective impact of this every day action. Learn more about this initiative here. YLC members also developed and manage the EarthEcho Water Challenges Ambassadors program as an opportunity for youth to take action around water quality in their local communities.

I completed my EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council application – what happens next?

Applications will be reviewed over the coming weeks by a team from EarthEcho International. During this time some applicants may be contacted for follow-up interviews. All applicants will be notified of their application status in May of their application year.

What are other ways I can connect with EarthEcho International?

Be sure to connect with us via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn the latest about our work and opportunities for young conservation leaders.

Still have questions? Please direct additional questions to Sean Russell via email at SRussell@earthecho.org or 202-350-3190.