Deadline: July 15, 2022
Applications for the YLACES (Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists) Fellowships 2022 are now open. The Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists (YLCES) provides grants to environmental educators to purchase instruments and supplies to facilitate environmental research and data collection among youth and to equip the next generation scientific thinking skills.
YLACES strives to provide environmental research opportunities for all students. However, barriers such as a lack of school resources, unsafe neighborhoods in which to conduct research, and physical limitations of students create barriers to achieving this goal. In addition, the negative environmental consequences of laws, regulations and policies, such as pollution, often have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations such as minority, economically disadvantaged and immigrant communities.
Therefore, the YLACES 2022 grant guidelines are designed to:
- Provide equitable access to environmental research opportunities for all and
- Support citizen science activities that will enhance understanding or help address environmental and human health challenges facing the local community.
- Grants of up to $1,250 are available. Fellows must be committed to mentoring students in carrying out research projects and sharing their observations and reports.
- Open to educators working with students in formal and informal educational settings such as parks or nature centers, in the United States and around the world.
To apply for a grant, formal and informal educators are invited to submit a proposal of no more than three pages that addresses the following points:
- Brief description of the applicant’s organization, including population served, number of students/participants who will be included in grant-related activities, and their ages/grades.
- Describe the proposed research project.
- Explain how student research will be incorporated into youth group programs or activities?
- Describe how the quality of youth citizen science measurements will be assured, protocols documented, and data reported and shared?
- Explain how research findings and conclusions will be documented and shared by participants?
- Describe how improvements in participants’ scientific thinking patterns will be assessed and reported to YLACES?
- Will the proposed project seek to alleviate environmental injustices? If yes, please explain.
- Will the proposed project provide opportunities for marginalized students (i.e. those who do not have access due to socio-economic, physical or emotional difficulties)? If yes, please explain.
- Along with the brief proposal, include a resume of the candidate, including their email address and phone number.
Grant proposals are due by July 15 and should be submitted by email to [email protected] One accepted grant proposal per cycle.
For more information, visit YLACES grants.