Rhode Island Environmental
Education Association

On November 10, we had our annual Youth Leadership Retreat at Rhode Island College. RIEEA staff and Peer Mentors from last year’s Youth Leadership Program provided training and supported connections among youth from schools and organizations across Rhode Island. Youth will be working with their local school or organizational communities throughout the school year on environmental education-focused projects. Along with the training provided during the retreat, RIEEA will provide some monetary support to each group. Thank you to our generous sponsors and host for supporting our work to build the future environmental educators of Rhode Island.

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Youth participated in activities throughout the event to get to know each other and give feedback on each other’s ideas.

Youth Leadership Retreat

Are you a young person (aged 14-24) who wants to build your leadership skills and have a positive impact on your community? Stay tuned for details on applying to our 2024 RIEEA Youth Leadership Retreat!

The 2023 Youth Leadership Retreat, an annual event hosted by the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA), took place on Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at the Providence Public Library.

This event was free for Rhode Island youth ages 14 through 24. Lunch will be provided and transportation costs were fully reimbursed.

RIEEA’s Youth Leadership Retreat is planned and facilitated by youth who have attended this event in the past. It focuses on bringing young people together so we can connect, get to know one another, and learn from each other. Our goal is to inspire and build the capacity of a diverse and representative group of young people to become leaders and advocates for environmental justice in their communities through environmental education.

Our youth retreats include skill-building, fun activities, reflection time, and a chance to inspire one other to make a difference in our communities. 

  • Meet new people and have fun!
  • Learn new information and resources from invited speakers and other participants.
  • Increase your awareness of environmental efforts in Rhode Island.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Learn to advocate for environmental justice.
  • Enjoy a free lunch!

All costs associated with the retreat (lunch, travel expenses, etc.) were covered by Avangrid, Verizon Foundation, United Way of Rhode Island, and our generous donors.

Stay tuned for details about applying to the 2024 Retreat!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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