Youth Climate Economy Ventures (YCEV)


Engaging high school students at the intersection of humanity, climate and economy to help them envision and design a sustainable, diverse, inclusive, and dynamic future






Download the flyer for the Nov. 20 YCEV.Reserve a spot for the Nov. 20 YCEV.

Nov. 20: “Designing for a Circular Economy” – Presented by Circulab from Australia

  • Understand our current linear economy and the challenge of finite resources
  • Introduce the concept and principles of the circular economy
  • Learn about product design and circular design
  • Apply human-centered design (design thinking) to a problem

Also to be discussed:

  • The first Youth Climate Economy Ventures Summit in Spring 2020
  • The Youth Climate Economy Ventures Mentorship Program

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Youth Climate Economy Ventures


What is Youth Climate Economy Ventures?

Youth Climate Economy Ventures (YCEV)  is a joint program between the Science Center of Southern Illinois, The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale (and other youth organizations), and The Climate Economy. YCEV is designed to engage high school students at the intersection of society, climate and economy to help them envision and design a sustainable, diverse, inclusive, and dynamic future. Youth Climate Economy Ventures is based on the 3-step program of The Climate Economy:

1. Show your love and reduce your carbon footprint.

Understand your impact. Use LED lightbulbs. Turn down your thermostat. Get energy efficient appliances. Use less hot water.
Important Stuff.

Education and Training

Engaging and inspirational presentations from experts in Climate Economy topics from global climate justice to blockchain, along with hands-on activities to learn to apply knowledge

2. Be a star in the Climate Economy.

Get a Climate Economy job. De-carbonize your business. Start a new carbon-negative businesses. Impact invest.
Fun Stuff.


Create groups around your ideas, get help from YCEV Mentors, and create new Climate Economy ventures.


3. Use your voice and spread the word.

Tell a friend. Post a tweet. Tell friends on Facebook. Send an email. Vote. March.
Crucial stuff.


After bi-monthly meetings you can work in online groups towards sharing the progress of your ideas at the Spring 2020 Youth Climate Economy Ventures Summit.

YCEV is also based on the Science Center mission:

“To nourish and preserve each child’s innate curiosity through hands-on, inquiry-based exploration.”

What Does Youth Climate Economy Ventures Do?

  1. Monthly team building and training meetings take place at the Science Center. Trainings include a presentation or video screening and a discussion. These are for high school students and teachers, whether or not they are yet on a team. These meeting will take place on every first Wednesday of the month, 5 p.m. for two hours, starting October 2 (except in January 2020, when we’ll meet on the 8th). Scheduled topics so far:
    1. October 2: Introduction to the Changing Climate Economy and Happy Startups; Exercise: Postcard from your Future Self; Science Center Exhibits: Understanding Climate Change
    2. November 6: Circulab’s Introduction to the Circular Economy; Exercise: From Thinking Linear to Thinking Circular; Science Center Exhibits: TBA
  2. We help students and teachers and schools organize teams. We provide online educational materials, monthly newsletter, access to mentors, project framework, and an online community. Trainees go back to their schools/groups/etc. and work on developing their ideas into ventures.
  3. We host the first annual YCEV summit in spring 2020 – Local sponsors, experts, YCEV teams, SIU students and faculty can participate to host workshops, present posters, etc. YCEV teams can participate in an elevator pitch competition and/or a poster presentation.

What’s Required of Participants?

  1. Attend meetings
  2. Create and maintain groups
  3. Participate at annual event

What Resources Do We Use?

Want More Information?

Call Amy McMorrow Hunter at 618 713 2896 or email