ryse: the vision 

We believe in the power of youth to disrupt the global leadership status quo. 
As Earth Guardians Crews continue to pop up every day, we see young people confidently stepping up to lead projects, campaigns, and collective actions all over the planet. It is our goal to continue to weave a web of support and community: connecting young people with each other and mentors worldwide. The RYSE Youth Council—scoping, planning, and executing our Climate Action Plans throughout the seasons—are helping to shape the direction of the Earth Guardians movement. 

This intergenerational movement is not waiting for others to take action. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are #GenerationRYSE

How ryse works


In both, 2015 and 2016, the impressive young leaders who made up the RYSE Youth Council attended 4 days of workshops and trainings to support their work as young leaders in their communities.  Both trainings were facilitated by a democratic, front lines, action-oriented team of organizers and facilitators. Recognizing times of crisis as vital opportunities for improving life on earth they fuse political education, skills training, group development, and direct organizing. 

Day 1 of these trainings focus on analysis of key issues, organizing, and leadership strategy.

Day 2 is dedicated to collaboratively crafting a plan for climate solutions using innovative facilitation techniques to implement in their communities. 


Youth Council Leaders are strategizing to collectively carry out and lead organized national actions. These powerful, unified actions will mobilize and inspire participants in addition to continuing the momentum of the movement.


In Summer of 2016, RYSE Youth Council Leaders across the country will put their new skills to use and organize local trainings and events within their communities. 


Time to RYSE! Leaders and communities will put their climate solutions into action. Shovels will be in soil planting trees and gardens, solar panels will cover school rooftops, and new solar-powered lights will line park sidewalks. We anticipate ingenuity and never-before-seen solutions. Youth leaders will discover the creative, collaborative leaders within. With the tools and connections from RYSE, youth will recognize themselves as leaders, catalysts for change and a part of our greater global community.

The RYSE Youth Council

The RYSE Youth Council is made up of 18 youth leaders, ages 10-22, from across the nation. In March of 2015, they began to work with Earth Guardians to further develop their skills as organizers, facilitators, and community leaders. In collaboration, the RYSE Youth Council act as principal decision makers for the RYSE movement in helping to shape Earth Guardians Actions.

Currently, these young leaders are organizing trainings and sustainability initiatives in their own communities. 


The RYSE Wisdom Council has 15 seasoned leaders and activists from diverse cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

With experience in social justice, movement-building and climate solutions, this multifaceted council is supporting the youth-led shift toward a healthy, just, and sustainable planet.

RYSE Youth Training - April 2015, NY

In March 2015, the Earth Guardians RYSE Youth Council attended a four-day training and workshop facilitated by the Wildfire Project to learn how to organize and empower youth in climate action. These Youth Council members then returned to their communities to organize solution activation trainings!