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HIGH SCHOOL
LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

CULTIVATING YOUTH LEADERSHIP FOR THE EVERGLADES

ABOUT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Everglades Foundation's High School Leadership Committee provides a platform for cultivating youth leadership for Everglades restoration. It provides a unique opportunity for environmentally conscious high school students from across the state of Florida to amplify their voices through community engagement. As members of the High School Leadership Committee, students will participate in a program of service-learning and hone their leadership skills to foster and promote environmental stewardship in their local communities.

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The High School Leadership Committee is a community action project-driven leadership program. The Everglades Foundation annually accepts 25 high school students from around the state to serve on the Committee. Each year, a project theme and focus will be selected, and the committee members will work collaboratively to plan and implement the project in their local communities. Each project will enable the students to leverage their youth voices and those of their peers to promote Everglades restoration and protection.

Committee Members Are Expected To:​

  • Actively participate.

  • Attend monthly virtual meetings. 

  • Work independently and/or in small working groups.

  • Engage in periodic face-to-face meetings/activities. 

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

We are looking for high school students that are team players, responsible, and are interested in environmental issues, especially those surrounding the ecological, political, economical, and social facets of Everglades restoration.

 
 
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WHY SHOULD I APPLY?

Becoming a member of the Committee will reward you with many valuable experiences. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate real-world leadership and community engagement skills.  In the Committee, you will:

  • Become engaged in your community.

  • Build partnerships through networking with local and national experts.

  • Make a difference by raising the voice of youth for the Everglades.

  • Gain valuable insights into the issues surrounding the Everglades, including restoration.

  • Enhance your college resume.

  • Earn community service hours and letters of recommendation.

 
 
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Meet the NEW 2021-2022 High School
Leadership Committee

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Grace Matthews
Senior, Coral Shores High School, Monroe County

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Chloe Barnett
Junior, Pembroke Pines Charter High School, Broward County

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Javier Estrada
Junior, Terra Environmental Research Institute, Miami-Dade County

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Faith St. Rose
Junior, Somerset Academy Charter High School, Miami-Dade County

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Samantha Lange
Junior, Satellite High School,
Brevard County

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Sarvin Nojaba
Junior, Terra Environmental Research Institute, Miami-Dade County

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Anne-Katherine Risalvato
Junior, J.R. Arnold High School,
Bay County

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Amanda Vazquez
Junior, School for Advanced Studies - South, Miami-Dade County

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Sarthak Jena
Junior, Atlantic Community High School, Palm Beach County

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Daisy Li
Sophomore, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach County

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Zachary Benkirane
Sophomore, American Heritage Palm Beach, Palm Beach County

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Sevgi Balim
Sophomore, Boca Raton Community High School, Palm Beach County

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Nikolai Dutkewych
Sophomore, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach County

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Ben Oppenheimer
Sophomore, Boca Raton Community High School, Palm Beach County

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Dynisha Blaise
Freshman, Boca Raton Community High School, Palm Beach County

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Sofia Kaynor
Freshman, Boca Raton Community High School, Palm Beach County

Meet the Previous 2021 High School
Leadership Committee