Youth Conservation Leadership Institute (YCLI)

Maria McDonald, 2019-2020 YCLI participant

Meet one of our YCLI participants from 2019-20, Maria McDonald.  Maria is currently a junior at Independence HS and the Academies of Science.  Last year as a sophmore, Maria chose to TAKE ACTION in her community based on her concern for the local environment through her Water Quality monitoring project. Her favorite part of YCLI was “doing research about my passions with results that can actually help make our world a better place”.  We appreciate leaders like you Maria – well done!

This school year’s application window is now closed.  Please check back in September of 2021 for the 2021-22 YCLI program. 

Youth Conservation Leadership Institute(YCLI) is a recognition program for High School (9th-12th) students that focuses on volunteer service and environmental stewardship. YCLI offers high school students interested in environmental conservation and stewardship an opportunity to build leadership skills and connect with local mentors involved with environmental issues.   Students choose projects that they are interested in to carryout in their community. The program is open to any Virginia high school (9th-12th grade) student committed to the entirety of the program including:

  • Completion of at least 20 community service hours to be approved by the VASWCD staff.
  • Submission of one interim and final report/presentation on the community work completed.
  • Attendance at the final recognition program to be held in Spring of 2021
  • Read an assigned book on environmental leadership for a group discussion

Questions? Please contact our Education Specialist:
(571) 918-4530 ext.109