Dates: May 16, 2024 8:00am to June 10, 2024 11:59pm

High school students can apply now to be a part of the 2024-2025 cohort of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Young Changemakers Fellowship (YCF).

  • Eligibility requirements: Full-time high school students living and attending school in the United States, U.S. territories, and Tribal Nations who will be at least 13 years old during the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Fellowship duration: July 2024 through June 2025.
  • Format: Five-day summit in Washington, DC followed by monthly virtual meetings.
  • Compensation: $800 stipend upon fellowship completion; travel expenses for fellow and one legal guardian to Washington, D.C.; and up to $750 funding for project implementation.
  • How to apply: YCF Application page.
  • Application deadline: June 10, 2024 at 11:59pm EST.

Young Changemakers Fellowship

The NOAA Young Changemakers Fellowship is a year-long opportunity for 15 high school students across the United States, U.S. territories, and Tribal Nations to make a difference for the ocean and environment. Previous experience with environmental activism is not required.

Fellows will meet in Washington, D.C. on July 23-27, 2024 for a kick-off summit involving hands-on workshops, discussions with government officials, and opportunities to meet and spend time with other fellows in the cohort.

With support from NOAA, participating students design and carry out an action project to address an ocean or environmental issue in their home community and share their perspectives with NOAA on important ocean and environmental issues.

Monthly virtual meetings throughout the year, as well as one-on-one mentorships with NOAA employees, allow fellows to build changemaking skills and share project progress and challenges.

Learn more on the Young Changemakers Fellowship page.

About the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA holds key leadership roles in shaping international ocean, fishery, climate, space, and weather policies. The agency works closely with other nations to advance our ability to predict and respond to changes in climate and other environmental challenges that imperil Earth’s natural resources, human life, and economic vitality.

Learn more on the NOAA About page.


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