350 Sacramento Presents: SEAT: A youth training program. Open to middle & high school students. 350sacramento.org/seat. Student Environmental Activist Training.

How can I sign up?

We're currently accepting applications!

Our program is currently open to middle and high school students in the Sacramento region. Fill out our application form here.

Invite students to apply by directing them to this page (www.350sacramento.org/seat)

For any questions, please contact Moiz Mir.

Session Information

Our first session operated from January 25 until April 2. Educational modules were 4-5 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday each week, with an additional community, workshop, or guest speaker event on Fridays.

Our second session is currently in progress - we began on July 12. Educational modules are 4-5 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday each week, with an additional community, workshop, or guest speaker event on Fridays. Students are still welcome to join the program by applying here!

Our third session will take place as an after school program during the Fall 2021 semester.


Summer 2021 SEAT Program

Our schedule for this session will generally be as follows:

Educational modules

Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Starting Monday, July 12 with Unit 1
  • All educational modules will be held over Zoom with auto-transcribed closed captions enabled and have accompanying presentations and agendas outlining the concepts that will be covered.
  • The format of educational modules will include a mix of presentation and interactive discussion.
  • Presentations from the program operators (Moiz & Jovanna) will be recorded, recordings will be paused whenever there are questions and during discussion.
  • All digital content from educational modules, including the Zoom link to participate, will be made available on Google Classroom to review.

 

Community modules

Fridays

  • Most community modules will likely be held over Zoom and follow the same 4 p.m. weekly schedule as educational modules - however they may occur at varying times, for varying lengths, and may include events open to the broader community or take place in person. These will be announced on a weekly basis.
  • Community modules will include guest speaker events, more interactive discussion and workshops, community building activities, and may include events not hosted by 350 Sacramento.

Please also note:

  • There is no attendance requirement or expectation in order to participate! Participants can (1) access content from modules that have already taken place and (2) participate in later modules even if they join the program late or miss earlier modules. We recommend following the sequence of modules for a deeper understanding as the concepts connect and build on one another, but you are welcome to participate by just attending whichever modules you can.
  • There are no assignments or homework associated with the program, we are just providing modules as a resource and hope you participate in whatever way is beneficial to you
  • We will be tracking attendance to keep track of program completion, and will award a certificate to participants who complete the program
  • For students thinking about next steps after graduating school, jobs, or college we'll be happy to help you develop your resume, get you connected to our LinkedIn page, and can list program graduates that want to be listed on this web page.
  • This Summer session of the program is open to students in middle school or high school, recent graduates, and students who've participated in our first Spring session earlier this year. Students can participate in multiple sessions (Spring, Summer, Fall) of the SEAT program, and are welcome to do so to complete modules that they may have missed in an earlier session.

SEAT Program Graduates

2021

  1. TBD...

What is the Student Environmental Activist Training Program?

The Student Environmental Activist Training (SEAT) is a free program open to middle and high school students in the Sacramento area. SEAT consists of a 10 unit curriculum designed and offered by 350 Sacramento, a local, grassroots environmental non-profit.

Key Goals of the SEAT Program

  1. Provide education and training around key civic, leadership, social justice, activist, and community organizing skills and concepts that aren’t traditionally covered in schools.
  2. Connect students across the region and create a network of support for students to create and collaborate across environmental, climate and social justice clubs at their schools.
  3. Connect students to opportunities: volunteer opportunities, workforce development programs, exposure to local groups working to advance environmental, climate, or social justice. Students will have a chance to hear from guest speakers including other nonprofits, community and social justice advocates and organizations, and green workforce development programs in the Sacramento area.

In the past, 350 Sacramento has hosted an in-person Youth Camp For Climate Action over the summer to connect students with a shared interest in learning about environmental activism across Sacramento. The COVID-19 pandemic took away many social, developmental, and extracurricular activities. We hope this program can provide students an opportunity to learn and connect with one another, and go on to create activities in their own communities.

How does the program work?

Each unit focuses around a topic and consists of 2 educational modules, with varying formats including: presentations, discussions, and workshops. This program doesn't require homework. We just ask for active participation - this is an interactive learning space to empower, not overburden.

Each unit also includes 1 community module, with varying formats including: community building activities, guest speakers from our partner organizations, networking spaces, and local events.

The SEAT program is offered as both an after-school program and a summer program. The frequency and structure of modules may vary with each full session (10 units) of the program.

Partner Organizations

Check out these videos to hear a little more about the SEAT program!

Hear from our Program Coordinator and one of our SEAT graduates!

We gave a presentation about SEAT to the Sac Youth Commission!

Example Program Curriculum

An example curriculum for 350 Sacramento's 10-unit Student Environmental Activist Training program
UnitEducational Module AEducational Module BCommunity Module
1: Baseline, introductions and climate change1A. Introductions, housekeeping and communal expectations, science of climate change1B. Social/political drivers of climate change, introduction to environmental justice1C. Ice breaker activity
2: Environmental and social justice concepts2A. Environmental justice as it relates to waste, pollution, extractive economic model2B. Sustainability, energy, reciprocity, the history of environmentalism, equity and anti-oppression2C. Creating anti-oppressive spaces
3: Approaches to change3A. Frames of individual action and collective action3B. Local agencies, utilities, and opportunities to affect local change3C. Guest speaker: Resources for Independent Living (RIL) - The social model of disability
4: Local political processes4A. City government processes and methods of engagement4B. County government processes and methods of engagement4C. Guest speaker: Social Justice PolitiCorps (SJPC) - Crowdsourcing local politics
5: Civic skills5A. News and media literacy5B. Public comment, office visits, and engaging with elected officials5C. Guest speaker: GRID Alternatives - Solar workforce development
6: Activist skills6A. Power mapping, community building, and equitable base building6B. Facilitation, effective communication, clarity, structure, and security culture6C. Club recruitment and networking workshop
7: Building a movement, not a moment7A. Burnout, information overload, and sustainable organizing7B. Transparency, democratic leadership, and shared decision making7C. Developing a club constitution workshop
8: Campaigns8A. Goal setting, campaign development, targeting focus8B. Event planning, long term strategy, evaluating success8C. Documentary screening
9: Engaging the public9A. Storytelling, sharing experiences, and creating a narrative9B. Social media and online activism9C. Guest speaker: Sunrise Movement Sacramento - Accessible graphic design for organizing
10: Press, brand, and perception10A. Engaging with journalism10B. Media pressure tactics and strategies10C. Celebratory event

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