Student Environmental Activist Training (SEAT)
Protect the Planet • Build Leadership Skills • Make New Connections
Sacramento Area Gen Z: Rising to the Climate Challenge
✅ Middle School
✅ High School
✅ College (Undergraduate)
Learn how to be a leader in the fight against climate change!
Protect the Planet
Learn how to make an impact in the environmental justice movement.
Build Leadership Skills
Add valuable skills and experience to your college & job applications.
Make New Friends
Meet other like-minded students and mentors in a safe space.
2023 Session Information
Free 8-Week Program
June 26th – August 17th
Mon. & Thurs.
4:00 to 5:30 PM
Free 8-Week Program
September 13th – November 4th
Wed. 5:00 to 6:30pm
Sat. 3:00 to 4:30pm
Guest speaker information coming soon!
What is the Student Environmental Activist Training Program?
The Student Environmental Activist Training (SEAT) is a free program open to middle, high school, and college students in the Sacramento area.
SEAT consists of a 10-unit curriculum designed and is offered by 350 Sacramento, a local, grassroots environmental non-profit.
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. 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 SEAT program work?
Each unit 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.
|Unit||Educational Module A||Educational Module B||Community Module|
|1: Baseline, introductions and climate change||1A. Introductions, housekeeping and communal expectations, science of climate change||1B. Social/political drivers of climate change, introduction to environmental justice||1C. Ice breaker activity|
|2: Environmental and social justice concepts||2A. Environmental justice as it relates to waste, pollution, extractive economic model||2B. Sustainability, energy, reciprocity, the history of environmentalism, equity and anti-oppression||2C. Creating anti-oppressive spaces|
|3: Approaches to change||3A. Frames of individual action and collective action||3B. Local agencies, utilities, and opportunities to affect local change||3C. Guest speaker: Resources for Independent Living (RIL) - The social model of disability|
|4: Local political processes||4A. City government processes and methods of engagement||4B. County government processes and methods of engagement||4C. Guest speaker: Social Justice PolitiCorps (SJPC) - Crowdsourcing local politics|
|5: Civic skills||5A. News and media literacy||5B. Public comment, office visits, and engaging with elected officials||5C. Guest speaker: GRID Alternatives - Solar workforce development|
|6: Activist skills||6A. Power mapping, community building, and equitable base building||6B. Facilitation, effective communication, clarity, structure, and security culture||6C. Club recruitment and networking workshop|
|7: Building a movement, not a moment||7A. Burnout, information overload, and sustainable organizing||7B. Transparency, democratic leadership, and shared decision making||7C. Developing a club constitution workshop|
|8: Campaigns||8A. Goal setting, campaign development, targeting focus||8B. Event planning, long term strategy, evaluating success||8C. Documentary screening|
|9: Engaging the public||9A. Storytelling, sharing experiences, and creating a narrative||9B. Social media and online activism||9C. Guest speaker: Sunrise Movement Sacramento - Accessible graphic design for organizing|
|10: Press, brand, and perception||10A. Engaging with journalism||10B. Media pressure tactics and strategies||10C. Celebratory event|
Hear from a Program Coordinator and one of our SEAT graduates!
We gave a presentation about SEAT to the Sac Youth Commission!
Our Partner Organizations
GRID is a leading voice in low-income solar policy and the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer, having trained over 44,000 participants in solar installation and serving families throughout California, Colorado, the Mid-Atlantic region, and tribal communities nationwide. https://gridalternatives.org/