Climate READY Ambassadors

Climate Resilience Education and Action for Dedicated Youth

Forest Hill High

Climate Ready is an innovative 3-semester program that empowers high school students to become knowledgeable and effective voices for climate resilience in their communities.

The program prepares Climate Ready Ambassadors to educate younger students, teachers, and local residents about how our communities can become more resilient to environmental challenges and work together toward equitable climate solutions.

Participation is FREE, and students are able to earn up to 6 dual-enrollment credits through Florida Atlantic University's College of Education, in addition to stipend funds and community service hours.

Made possible by a generous grant from the Environmental Literacy Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) , the program focuses on six core communities in Palm Beach County that are among the most vulnerable to extreme weather and other environmental hazards:

  • Riviera Beach
  • West Palm Beach
  • Lake Worth
  • Boynton Beach/Delray Beach
  • Boca Raton
  • Pahokee/Belle Glade

Students must live and attend school in one of these core communities to be eligible to participate.

Program Overview

Component 1: Ambassador Institute - July 10-17, 2021 

3 Dual-enrollment Credits

Intensive, week-long dual-enrollment experience (in-person & virtual combo) for 24 high school students from Climate Ready core communities. Students build climate knowledge, explore the changing planet with NOAA Science On a Sphere technology, engage with climate scientists and resilience experts, develop communication and advocacy skills, learn about local climate solutions, and develop resilience plans for their communities.

Throughout the course of the week, students prepare to lead education and outreach in subsequent program components: with teachers and afterschool youth (fall 2021) and community groups (spring 2022).  As Climate Ready Ambassadors, participants will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become climate resilience advocates in their communities.

Component 2: Afterschool Mentorship - Fall 2021

3 Dual-enrollment Credits

Climate Ready Ambassadors work with 4th-8th grade afterschool students to build community resilience awareness through creative storybook lessons and escape room challenges. Ambassadors complete four (4) school visits and attend monthly meetings (in-person and/or virtual).

Component 3: Community Outreach - Spring 2022

Stipend & Community Service Hours

Climate Ready Ambassadors work with community partners to present their resilience plans at outreach events and promote civic engagement in climate solutions. Ambassadors complete at least two (2) outreach events (virtual and/or in person).

Participants must commit to completing all three components of the Climate Ready program in the progression listed above.

How Do I Apply?

For additional information regarding eligibility and application instructions, please download the program application form.  

To apply, please submit the completed application form and two letters of recommendation (at least one from a teacher) by March 23, 2021, to Lauren Butcher, Climate Ready Program Coordinator, at lbutcher2013@fau.edu or by mail to:

Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

College of Education/Florida Atlantic University

Attn: Lauren Butcher

6301 Summit Boulevard

West Palm Beach, FL 33415

For more information about the Climate Ready program, please contact Lauren Butcher at lbutcher2013@fau.edu or 561-686-6600.