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Environmental Voices Academy

Environmental Voices Academy

EVA is a 14-week program for Ventura County high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors that provides targeted environmental advocacy skills that budding activists can leverage within their communities and across their careers.

Learn everything you need to know to become a fierce, effective climate justice activist. You’ll get expert instruction from CFROG’s science advisors and CSUCI environmental science faculty. After weekly Zoom sessions and two Saturdays on CSUCI’s campus, you’ll be able to articulate a climate-action theory of change, use powerful storytelling techniques to communicate climate action and environmental justice messages, and develop concrete, personal advocacy goals that align with your individual interests. 

You’ll work closely with a Mentor to identify community leadership roles you could pursue, create a roadmap of change in your own community, and develop a plan (either on your own or in a small group) to influence climate policy at the local level. 

Graduates of EVA will be poised to pursue careers in political science, climate policy, and environmental science. And through participation in the program, you’ll become part of a life-long network of environmental advocates and scientists who will have your back as you pursue your own career goals.

For more information, contact Eduardo Coyotzi Zarate at

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

EVA is open to all high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors attending public schools within Ventura County. 

Is EVA competitive?

Yes. Applicants will be selected based on the strength of their answers to the questions contained in the application. 

What does it cost?

EVA is free to all participants. The cost is covered thanks to grants from the California Air Resources Board and the McCune Foundation. 

When do applications open?

The application will be announced sometime in the winter of 2021. Stay tuned for more information! 

How do I apply?  

Applications are currently closed, but more information will be announced soon. 

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