Reflecting on the SYCAN Summer Experience

Earlier this month, we wrapped up a fantastic first year of the SYCAN Summer Experience! During this program, local teens learned about climate change impacts on the environment, the economy and people, met climate professionals around Seattle and presented climate communication projects at the zoo.

It was so fulfilling to see the engagement and growth our participants showed over the four weeks. The teens realize the urgency of climate action and grew so much in their ability to articulate causes and effects of and solutions to climate change. Today’s youth will play an essential role in fighting climate change, and I am confident our participants will be capable leaders in this fight. I can’t wait to hear how they spur action at their schools and in their communities!

Cheers to all involved in this year’s program! Check out Woodland Park Zoo’s new blog post with more reflections from our participants and staff!

By Chika Acholonu

Chika began working at Woodland Park Zoo in June 2017 and led the development of the schedule of readings, journal prompts, icebreakers and team activities for the SYCAN Summer Experience. Along with three Seattle Youth Employment Program interns and two other SYCAN staff, Chika also mentored the Summer Experience participants on their culminating projects. He is now working with the SYCAN Youth Leadership Committee to plan this year’s Summit.