Madeline Parker serves as the Youth Climate Justice Organizer at NC WARN – an arm of the organization that was created in 2017. Our intention is to further develop and deepen NC WARN’s commitment to actively involving youth in the fight for climate justice and against the climate crisis, working both in school settings and out in the general community.
In general, youth leadership is seen as something that will happen well into the future. Jorden Revels, our eastern climate justice organizer flips that sentiment around. As a teenager, Jorden started working with Lumbee leaders in Robeson County and other BIPOC communities across NC to stop the now cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Among his mentors was Lumbee Elder Donna Chavis, who embraced Jorden’s leadership development as a youth. This fostered leadership development inspires Jorden to provide that same mentorship to other youth as well. Four years after this work began, Jorden witnessed first-hand how local and state organizing can bring about victory against all the odds.
The Youth Organizing team is engaging high school to young adult-aged individuals (~13-25) who have an interest in climate and/or social justice and an investment in serving as an advocate in their community and with their peers.
We are all impacted by the climate crisis, but youth are the ones most impacted and all too often are not invited to the conversation or able to amplify their voices and engage in the movement: take action towards justice now, with your community and for your community.
You can join us!
- College Students/Young Adults in the Triangle: please email Madeline if you’re involved in an environmental club or alliance on your school campus or in your community already and want to collaborate with us on a joint project, campaign, or want to join a local Clean Path 2025 Action Team.
- Educators and adult leaders of student groups or clubs: Let us know if you’d like to collaborate with the Youth Organizers on a project or invite them into your classroom/other student-centric space to lead a presentation or workshop with the involved youth.
- If you have friends or family in high school who might be interested, please send them to this page to learn more.
Last summer was our inaugural Youth Summer Series, and it was a great success. We are excited for another round of amazing participants to join us this year! SEE ALL Youth in Action POSTS
This summer, NC WARN hosted its inaugural Youth Summer Series—done virtually due to COVID-19—as an endeavor to bolster local climate youth activism engagement, both in NC WARN campaigns and for the students’ own skill-building and education of climate justice. SEE ALL Youth in Action POSTS