Youth Conservation Leadership Institute (YCLI)

During our 2020-21 YCLI program year, Lexi Howard, a senior at Heritage High School, accomplished incredible outreach with her multifaceted YCLI project, “Project Pollinate”.  Lexi, described as “hard working, persistent and bold”, blazed a path to accomplish her plan for community outreach.  Her efforts to educate others on the importance of pollinators included creating this logo, posters, handouts, stickers, signage, free seed packets, QR codes, education tabling events, native plant stickering, a comprehensive website and three amazing educational videos. She also volunteered with multiple restoration efforts at Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Studies, Banshee Reeks and Confluence Park.  In addition, for all of these events, she organized an army of student volunteers to help.  Through all of this, she kept a never ending supply of enthusiasm and positivity—something we all needed with our challenging year!   Visit her website to learn more.

This school year’s application window is now closed.  Please check back in September of 2021 for applications to 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