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Our Climate empowers young people to advocate for the science-based, equitable and intersectional climate justice policies that build a thriving world.

aka Our Climate   |   Washington, DC   |  www.ourclimate.us

Mission

Our Climate empowers young people to advocate for the science-based, equitable and intersectional climate justice policies that build a thriving world. We engage and train youth from affected communities and groups to participate in broad and diverse advocacy coalitions. Together, we build deep partnerships, mobilize, and center those most impacted by climate change to dismantle systemic oppression and achieve systemic change.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Jasmine Davenport

Main address

1 Thomas circle suite 700

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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Formerly known as

Oregon Climate

EIN

26-3059927

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Climate believes in empowering youth to analyze and advocate for science-based and equitable climate policies that secure a livable planet. We support policies that are: 1) Precisely vetted and enforced renewable energy targets 2) Strong, specific corporate polluter fees to equitably fund a just transition 3) Environmental Justice legislation that provide specific protections and resources for environmental justice communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fellowship Program

Our Climate’s Fellowship is a structured program in which participants organize their peers, engage the media, collaborate with partner organizations and coalition members, and meet with elected officials to advance science-based, equitable and intersectional climate policies at the state and federal level around the country. Fellows commit 5-10 hours/week, and coordinate with a cohort of Fellows, Field Representatives, and Field Advisors to achieve campaign goals. Fellows receive one-on-one support from Our Climate staff. As part of our academic year-long program, each Fellow will 1) serve on an external project or committee, 2) receive a $500 reimbursement to participate in a professional development program, and 3) participate in Our Climate’s training curriculum.

Population(s) Served
Students
Young adults

Our Climate’s Field Representative Program is a structured opportunity in which participants organize their peers, engage the media, collaborate with partner organizations and coalition members, and meet with elected officials to advance science-based and equitable climate policies. Field Representatives will coordinate with a cohort of Fellows to achieve campaign goals. Field Representatives will be provided with training and ongoing support from staff and Fellows.

Population(s) Served
Students
Young adults

Our Climate has three "tiers" of engagement and actions for volunteers to take including social media, outreach, and fundraising opportunities to support our work.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

Our Climate has active programs in Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, Florida, New York, and a federal program based in Washington, D.C. Our Climate’s teams fight for and build relationships that will win science-based, intersectional and equitable climate justice policy on the state and federal level. Our teams hold strong partnerships with aligned local organizations and coalitions, for example New York Renews, Renew Oregon, and Massachusetts Youth Climate Coalition. Our teams empower students across their states and hold elected officials accountable to passing climate justice policy.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

Our Climate's young leaders are working to mobilize youth support for federal climate policies that are aligned with our policy principles in collaboration with our national coalition partners.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of policymakers or candidates reached

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Conversations facilitated between young advocates and lawmakers (in-person or through email, phone, letters)

Number of policies formally introduced

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Legislation to price greenhouse gas pollution that Our Climate supports.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Published media pieces to share our students’ stories and amplify youth support for putting a price on carbon.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Climate mobilizes and empowers young people to educate the public and elected officials about science-based, equitable climate policy solutions that build a livable world. Our young leaders are working to win concrete climate policies that eliminate greenhouse gas pollution and spur an equitable transition to clean energy. Our Climate support policies that put a price on pollution and mandate an economy-wide, swift transition to 100% clean energy. Our goals for the coming year include:

Goal 1: Support 250 Generation Z leaders to advocate for policies in line with our policy principles.
Goal 2: Facilitate 400 in-person or virtual conversations with state and federal elected officials while expanding our programing to additional regions of the country.
Goal 3: Launch our “Train the Trainers” project to contribute to our infrastructure of a strong, grassroots base of lifelong advocates for climate and social justice.
Goal 4: Uplift the stories of youth leaders and alumni in frontline communities

Goal 1: Support 250 Generation Z leaders to advocate for policies in line with our policy principles.
Activity 1: Educate and train young leaders using Our Climate’s curriculum in storytelling, advocacy, organizing, environmental justice, and climate policy. Our Fellows and Field Representatives will learn to think critically about proposed policies and acquire the tools and confidence to advocate in innovative and effective ways.
Activity 2: Provide one-on-one support to Fellows through individualized work plans, program evaluations, and personal strengths mapping. Organizers will provide resources and management training to Field Advisors as they mentor incoming Field Representatives.

Goal 2: Facilitate 400 in-person or virtual conversations with state and federal elected officials while expanding our programing to additional regions of the country.
Activity 1: Plan and facilitate 15 storytelling and climate advocacy trainings for young leaders to prepare to meet with elected officials.
Activity 2: Organize 5 youth advocacy events with state legislatures and Congress in coordination with partners to demonstrate strong and diverse youth support for a swift transition away from fossil fuels.

Goal 3: Launch our “Train the Trainers” project to contribute to our infrastructure of a strong, grassroots base of lifelong advocates for climate and social justice.
Activity 1: Debut our “Train the Trainers'' program to four partners such as Power Shift Network and the Alliance for Climate Education.
Activity 2: Train 30 youth leaders in our Train the Trainers curriculum; each will host 2 trainings and educate 600 people.

Goal 4: Uplift the stories of youth leaders and alumni in frontline communities.
Activity 1: Using our storytelling curriculum, organizers will train youth leaders to share their personal climate stories through creative social media campaigns.
Activity 2: Create a short documentary series entitled "Frontline Climate Heroes.” This project will spotlight six youth leaders and alumni in frontline communities who use skills developed at Our Climate to become visionaries and leaders in their communities in the fight for climate, racial, and economic justice.

Our Climate is the only youth-led, national carbon pricing campaign in the country, and we have forged strong partnerships to invigorate carbon pricing efforts with youth engagement and innovative communications. At the national level, OC has partnered with The Years Project to build public awareness of carbon pricing through film and social media, as well as amplify on-the-ground efforts to advance the policy. OC has also forged partnerships with organizations such as Citizens' Climate Lobby, Environmental Defense Fund, Power Shift Network, the State Carbon Pricing Network, and the World Bank Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. In an effort to incorporate diversity and inclusion into the work, Our Climate has also connected with environmental justice allies such as NAACP, Center for Diversity and the Environment, Green for All, and others.

At the local and state level, OC joins existing campaigns and coalitions to support active policy proposals and plug young leaders directly into local movement. For example, in the Northeast, we have joined state coalitions in New York (NY Renews), Massachusetts (Campaign for a Clean Energy Future), Rhode Island (Energize Rhode Island), and Vermont (Energy Independent Vermont). On the west coast, Our Climate is a member of the Steering Committee for the Washington-based coalition, Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, and an active member of Renew Oregon.

Our Climate mobilizes and empowers young people to educate the public and elected officials about science-based, equitable climate policy solutions that build a livable world. Through our climate justice curriculum, leadership development, and policy advocacy training, Our Climate equips young leaders to become life-long advocates at local, state, national, and international levels. In 2020 we:

Trained and empowered 1,299 young leaders in storytelling, advocacy, organizing, climate justice, and climate policy.
Facilitated 309 training, digital advocacy, and outreach events to engage youth, especially those on the front lines of environmental impacts.
Co-organized 10 statewide youth advocacy days and held 354 conversations with decision-makers to advance climate policy in collaboration with partners.
Launched “Is It Hot Enough For Ya” conversation series about climate change, activism, and the disproportionate and intersecting impacts of the climate crisis on communities of color; reached 2,000+ people in the 1st season.
Launched a fully redesigned website, which has already generated over 73,500 page views in 3 months.
Updated our policy principles, with input from youth leaders, to explicitly call for climate justice legislation and direct investments in frontline communities.
Diversified our staff, Board, and youth leadership teams; our 2020-2021 Fellowship cohort is majority youth of color.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 04/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nadya Dutchin

Nadya Dutchin

Darcy Winslow

Taryn Akiyama

Michael Wilson-Becerril

Leyana Dessauer

North Star Fund

Rachel Allison

Krystina White

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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