#YouthStepUp: Climate Challenge Winners

The #YouthStepUp Climate Challenge invited young people across the country to share their bold and innovative ideas to combat climate change, as part of the Global Climate Action Summit. Winners will receive credentials to participate in the Summit with high-level Presidents, Governors, Mayors, CEOs and others. They will also present their ideas at multiple events in San Francisco. 

The contest was organized by Our Climate, in partnership with the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research and The Years Project. It is sponsored by Clif Bar & Co. We are excited to share the contest's winning proposals, as well as highlighted applicants, below. 



1st Place Overall: Michael Wong | Oakland, California

2nd Place Overall: Kayla Soren | Louisville, Kentucky 

3rd Place Overall: Katy Swiere | Orange, Texas

Best of Activism: California Allegory Youth Fellowship | Long Beach, California 

Best of Public Policy: Tyler White | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best of Business: Alyah Kanso & Eliana Marzullo | Brooklyn, New York

Best of Science & Technology: Sarah Headley, Alex Surette, Colin Quinn, Sanjana Paul & Djurdje Mitrovic | Richmond, Virginia

Best of Urban Planning: Ugo Angeletti


Stan Njuguna | Greenwood, Indiana | Activism  

Tilman Herchenroder | Princeton, New Jersey | Public Policy 


Emily Simso | Los Angeles, California | Urban and Land Use Planning 

Nancy Hernandez | Richmond, California | Business Plan

Rohan Bhargava | Oakland, New Jersey | Activism 

Jay'Len Boone | Katy, Texas | Business Plan

Livia Bokor | New York, New York | Activism

Samuel Ressin, Joyce Cheng, and Casey Grage | Vienna, Virginia | Public Policy

Destiny Loyd | Athens, Georgia | Public Policy

Sierra Cottle | Prescott, Arizona |  Activism

Sam Horowitz | Claremont, California | Public Policy

Power Scavengers | Burlington, Vermont | Business Plan 

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