Congratulations to the RYLA class of 2017!
The students presented their hard work and research on the impacts of climate change in the San Francisco Bay area. Check out the photos from the graduation ceremony below.

RYLA Overview

In early 2015 A. Philip Randolph Institute, in partnership with city agencies such as Department of the Environment, SF PUC, and Neighborhood Empowerment Network, launched a youth leadership pilot programs that became known as Resilient Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA). The RYLA program engaged 10 Bayview youth leaders in an intensive 8 week capacity-building opportunity emphasizing professional skill-building and increased awareness of the role young people play in civic leadership.
RYLA youth leaders further developed their capacity as community leaders by learning about how climate change acts as an environmental community stressor in Bayview. Using the professional and civic skills and knowledge, youth developed sustainable mitigation plans to combat the negative future impacts of climate change as it effects their community.

Developing professional and civic skills, learning about the impacts of climate change on urban communities, and developing sustainable mitigation plans to combat this issue are all play into the long-term goal of the RYLA program which to facilitate in the process of setting Bayview youth on a career path that will position them to remain active and effective leaders in the Bayview community.

2017 RYLA Program

Congratulations RYLA Class of 2017

The class of 2017 students that are participating in the RYLA program are from all over the southeast section of San Francisco. Here are some photos to show you what they have been doing this summer.

Program Outcomes

The RYLA program is quickly becoming a NEN favorite. There have been many positive outcomes to the program, the most inspiring being that teenagers are becoming excited about getting engaged with their city.

Here are a few more of the outcomes from our past RYLA cohorts:

1. All RYLA youth voluntarily participated in evaluation processes to measure the impact and effectiveness of the program on youth participants.

2 Participants were able to identify issues about climate change that was not evident in their everyday news or immediate environment. For example, it is perhaps not common knowledge to a young person that an “evacuation plan” is immediately linked to the effects of climate change. Therefore it seems evident that participants gained in-depth knowledge about the factors and possible impacts on climate change as it relates to their specific community.

3. Participants’ self-identified new skills and leadership characteristics typically aligned with those attributed to community leaders.
4. Upon the completion of the RYLA program, a majority of participants self-identify as community leaders. 

RYLA Sponsors

RYLA is creating a generation of environmental advocates who engage Bayview residents in understanding and preparing for the health impacts of climate change. The RYLA students created an educational campaign using waste products to create posters illustrating the short and long-term impacts of climate change on the Bayview Community.