Peoples Climate March Youth Convening

Friday, April 28th, 2017.

Registration and Art Build 1:30-3:30pm. Programming 3:30-8pm. 

Location: New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (1313 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C.)

The day before the Peoples Climate March, students and young people are coming together for a chance to talk about our role in this political moment, get trained in key organizing skills, and connect with youth climate justice organizers from across the country.

This moment requires a bigger and more strategic movement than we’ve ever seen before, and we want you to be there to help make it happen.


Secure your spot at the convening and stay in the loop about updates and logistics.

Once you've signed up above, RSVP on Facebook to see who else is coming—and invite your friends!

The convening will include:

  • A lineup of powerful speakers, including:
    • Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (Earth Guardians), Yong Jung Cho (AllOfUs and Lead Locally), Nyiesha Mallett (UPROSE), Alexis White Hat (Rosebud Sioux Tribe), Adria Peterkin (Howard University), and Stephen O’Hanlon (Swarthmore Mountain Justice).
  • Trainings and workshops on organizing skills and movement strategy
    • This section will include 5 options for you to choose from with topics including race, economy and climate, anti-oppression, movement strategy, social media & framing, and a high school specific breakout. Full descriptions below.
  • Opportunities to make connections and share stories with participants
    • Who else is organizing for climate justice in your region? Come share about your projects and get plugged into ongoing work.
  • Preparation for the youth bloc and march on Saturday
    • We’ll start with an art build to make banners and signs, practice chants and songs for the march, go over youth bloc logistics, and close the night out with a party!

Agenda Overview

1:30-3:30pm: Art build, storytelling meetup, campaigns to plug into, and registration. 

We’ll be making banners, posters, and signs to display our message loud and clear during the march on Saturday. Some materials will be provided, but bring your own if you can! Make sure to arrive before 3:30pm to register and get a seat.

3:30-5:00pm: Welcome & keynote speakers 

A lineup of powerhouse speakers including Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (Earth Guardians), Yong Jung Cho (AllOfUs and Lead Locally), Stephen O’Hanlon (Swarthmore Mountain Justice), Nyiesha Mallett (UPROSE), Alexis White Hat (Indigenous youth leader), and more.

5:00-6:00pm: Our stake in fighting climate change: Relationship building and resonance

All of us have a stake in protecting the people and places that are at risk from climate change. Through storytelling, we can explore the values and challenges that have driven us to be part of this fight and build deep relationships with each other in the process.

6:00-7:45pm: Trainings & workshops

See training and workshop descriptions below.

7:45-8:00pm: Chant & song practice, march prep

8:00pm: Dinner, followed by party with snacks, music, campaigns to plug into, and more art!

Training & Workshop Descriptions

How Elites use Race and Class to Divide Us, and Why it Matters for the Climate Movement – Radcliffe Room, 1st floor

We’ll interrogate the ways that the political elite have used racism to divide American working people – to disastrous affects – and what this means for the strategy of the climate movement and our larger fight for justice. We’ll explore how left-wing populism can make our movements stronger – and how we must engage in electoral politics to institutionalize the demands of our movement and ensure that our government actually works for people.

The Target is the Public: Building Popular Support for the Climate Movement – Sanctuary, 2nd floor

This training on movement strategy will explore how, as organizers, we orient ourselves to the public; what we can do to win the hearts and minds of the people; how escalation from the movement can increase our public support; and what the climate movement can learn from these practices.

How to Be Real: Accomplices, Allies, & Anti-Oppression – Lincoln Chapel, 1st floor

This training will cover how privilege, oppression and inequitable power dynamics dictate and stagnate the youth climate movement and give workshop attendees tools and real-life examples of how to practice eliminating inequitable power dynamics, center POC and frontline voices, and show up for POC and frontline struggles.

High School Student Breakout: Breaking Through Barriers & Building Power – Park Level Main, basement 
High school youth have a unique and essential role to play in climate advocacy, education, and movement building. There are high school students leading powerful climate justice work all across the country! This workshop will create space for high school students to share best practices and express challenges, build relationships, learn about ways to support each others work and feel inspired by the high school youth power growing in the room and beyond. This workshop will use popular education activities to draw upon the knowledge and experience of participants to build their sense of self efficacy as high school youth, and identify ways they can overcome common barriers when driving climate solutions in their schools and communities.

Reframing “The Crisis”: Changing the Story to Build Power and Win – Library, 1st floor

Stories are powerful. Framing can make or break campaigns, organizations, and even movements. When our messaging is at its best, people join us in what we are doing and it finally feels possible to build the world we need. Bad stories, however, leave us powerless. Want to know how to use more powerful stories to fuel your campaign? Stuck using the same messaging that isn’t resonating with the public? Come explore critical components to storytelling and framing, and practice the tools that will be crucial if our movements are to build power and win.

Campaigns to plug into – Park Level Main (basement) from 1:30-3:30pm, Peter Marshall Hall (5th floor) from 8-10pm

Ongoing campaigns and organizations (including Our Children’s TrustPut A Price On It, PLAN, DC ReinvestCorporate Accountability International, Sierra Student Coalition, and the Sunrise Movement) will be set up from 1:30-3:30pm and from 8-10pm. Come prepared to ask questions and join a campaign, project, or organization!


Where & when is the convening taking place?

The Youth Convening is taking place Friday, April 28th at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in DC. The art build, storytelling meetup, ongoing campaigns, and registration time is 1:30-3:30. Programming begins right at 3:30 and goes until 8pm, followed by a party with food and non-alcoholic drinks provided.

Who’s invited? Is it free?

Youth of all ages (students and non-students) who are coming to the Peoples Climate March are invited to join. From seasoned campaigners to people just starting to get involved, everyone is welcome. The convening is FREE, just make sure to sign up!

Is there housing available?

Yes! If you are over 18, you can spend the night at the NY Ave Church where the convening is taking place, just a few blocks from the White House! We’re asking for $5-15 donation to help cover costs, but no one is turned away if you can’t pay. Just make sure to fill out the signup form and mark “Yes” on the housing question. You can also take a look at this youth housing exchange to find available hosts in DC (keep checking back, we’ll add more soon) or this list of inexpensive options at local hostels

How do I get there?

If you’re driving a carpool and need to be reimbursed for gas, fill out the mileage reimbursement request form.

If you’re taking a bus to the march, try to arrange for it to arrive a day earlier. If you haven’t planned a bus yet but want to join or organize one of your own, you can find info and forms here:

What if I want more information about the youth bloc at the Peoples Climate March on Saturday?

Click here to check out the main youth contingent page.

Who should I contact with questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, suggestions, or resources you would like to see. Email and we’ll direct you to the right person.