ACE Action Teamsare a network of youth leaders taking action on the climate emergency. This network is here to help young people become local climate leaders, get resources for their climate organizing, and to connect youth leaders to one another in local communities nationwide.
ACE Action Teamshelp young people learn how to engage their local communities, host events, organize actions, influence elected leaders and decision-makers, and use the media to change the narrative.
Action Team members will receive skill training, 1-on-1 support from ACE staff, and join a community of like-minded people working on concrete ways to avert the climate emergency.
Why is the ATN important?
It’s up to young people to make change on a local level if we’re to address the climate crisis. It will take a movement of local youth action to apply pressure upwards.
Byjoining or starting an Action Team, young people have the opportunity to explore their passions and gain training, skills, resources and support to protect their future.
They'll be part of an exclusive team of youth leaders who get up every day to win over hearts & minds and mobilize the support we need to save the planet.
By banding together and taking action at the local level, young people can create a powerful, visible, sustained force to pressure decision-makers to save the planet.
They’ll build grassroots power to make change happen at the local, state, and national level. They’ll help wield our greatest strength – each other – to win victories for our climate and communities.
What students do:
Mobilize, coach and support other local activists
Host monthly events, outreach activities or actions
Build your Action Team membership
Participate in monthly leader group check-in calls
Host at least 2 meetings and 1 event per month.
Build an Action Leadership Team of 2-3 people and membership of at least 6 new people each semester.
Follow ACE campaign updates, participate in campaign actions, and work towards achieving local campaign milestones and victories.
Ensure members are supported and mobilize others using the digital tools provided.
Learn how to use public narrative and run the Action Team social media account.
Uplift and embody principles of justice and equity.
What students have access to:
Experience, training and confidence building
Connection and community with other young climate activists
Resources to communicate with and activate other local volunteers
Monthly check-in calls for leadership development and skill-building
Personal support from staff or high-level volunteers
What students receive:
Letter of recommendation for college or job, if requested
Service hours or service learning credits (depends on school policy)
Resume building by adding the ACE Action Team
Reimbursements for service-related expenses plus potential stipend for those who apply and qualify
Core concepts taught
Science - learning basic climate science and connecting it to taking action
Leadership - learning how to develop skills and step into power
Grassroots pressure - learning how to engage, pressure and move decision-makers
Recruitment - learning how to grow the movement for the long haul
Partnerships - learning how to work with others and leverage power + influence
Social media - learning how to use creativity and storytelling
Press - learning how to spread your message and strategize to get covered