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THE EVERGLADES FOUNDATION'S

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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Youth Voices for the Everglades

Every year, the committee members select a project theme and work collaboratively to plan and implement their project in their local communities. This year, the committee chose to highlight Everglades Youth Voices, all of which are young people from around the state who are working in a variety of ways to promote Everglades restoration. Each committee member searched, identified, interviewed, photographed, and wrote about the Everglades Youth Voices showcased here.

We hope these youth voices serve to inspire other young people to add their voices and actions to restore and protect the Everglades.

 

Welcome to the first magazine of The Everglades Foundation's High School Leadership Committee:

The Everglades in Our Hands: 28 Youth Voices Making a Difference

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WHO SHOULD APPLY?

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.

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.

Committee Members Are Expected To:​

  • Actively participate.

  • Attend bi-weekly virtual meetings. 

  • Work independently and/or in small working groups.

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

 
 
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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.

 

Applications are due September 9th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

 
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Meet the 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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Ben Oppenheimer
Sophomore, Boca Raton Community High School, Palm Beach 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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Nikolai Dutkewych
Sophomore, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach County

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

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

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

 

2020-2021 High School
Leadership Committee and Project