WHO ARE WE?
We started as a group of over 40 passionate students working to ensure our world becomes more environmentally friendly. The Youth Climate Action Coalition evolved from the Environmental Club at Del Oro High School in Northern California; since our official establishing date, our organizations has spread our message to over 1,000,000 students and over 8,000 schools worldwide.
Co-Founder I Executive Vice President
Jake is a Junior at Del Oro High school. He loves surfing, mountain biking, and enjoying the outdoors. His passion for environmental conservation grew as he saw the California wildfires threaten his home and the things he loves. As the smoke thickened in his area, he began to focus on environmental conservation. By being a leader in this organization, Jake hopes that he can make a difference both locally and globally. He hopes to make more people aware of environmental issues through this organization and provide opportunities for people to help the environment. As the organization’s Executive Vice President, Jake manages communication within the organization as well as media production. He leads teams in the design and production of media, whether it be flyers, videos, pictures and more.
Jack Galloway is a junior at Del Oro High School. He has always had a love for the outdoors, especially since his dad is an environmental science teacher. He loves to travel and fish during his spare time and has visited all 50 states and many National Parks. Having spent a considerable amount of his childhood outdoors, he understands the value and concern associated with maintaining sustainable practices. As Executive Director, he helps come up with new project ideas and campaigns and manages our team. He hopes to educate others about climate change and help communities across the nation to adopt sustainable practices
Saydie Grossman is a junior at Roslyn High School in Long Island, NY. She enjoys acting, singing, dancing, writing, and doing scientific research. Additionally, her passion for photography and visual artwork has helped her to appreciate the beauty of the earth, and she has gained a huge admiration for what nature holds. Through YCAC, Saydie has become a part of a chapter called YCAC Women, a club of women’s leadership for environmental change. This organization has given her a chance to make her voice heard and to actively work toward making a beneficial change in our environment
Junior Event Director
Brendan Curtis is a junior at Del Oro High School. He enjoys being involved in leadership and lacrosse. At a young age, he found an appreciation for nature having spent a lot of his time at his cabin located near Yosemite. There he spent much of his time hiking around the area and seeing what nature really had to offer. In high school he decided to take the next step by becoming part of the environmental club and later YCAC to learn more about the environment. By joining something he believes in, he hopes to set an example to many who believe in environmental issues worldwide and help keep our environment just the way he remembers it as a kid, truly majestic.
Senior Event Director and Public Advocate
Edward Sahyoun is a junior at Del Oro High School. He has a huge passion for running and the outdoors. One time when he and his family were on a camping trip on the coast they nearly encountered the Campfire. Edward saw all of the disastrous effects of the fire and wanted to prevent it. This left him to join the Environmental Club in his highschool and eventually YCAC, because he wanted to make real change. He is now an active participant in the organization and makes strong efforts to keep the nature that he runs in, beautiful.
Senior Event Director I VP of Social Media
Ryan Verdult is a junior at Del Oro High School. He enjoys playing baseball, waterpolo, and being in the outdoors. He also loves business, and is looking to help YCAC grow as an organization worldwide. The environmental classes he has taken in school have helped fuel his passion for educating others about climate change and environmental conservation. As a Senior Event Director, Ryan helps hold different events in our area. He is also the VP of Social Media, and he maintains the organization's presence on social media. He also reaches out to other networks and organizations to make new connections and build our brand.
Morgan is a sophomore from Chicago. She uses her leadership skills and outgoing personality to make positive changes within her community. In her free time, she is a true flower child. Her love for the outdoors includes hiking, biking, kayaking, and other miscellaneous adventures with her family. She takes pride in her vintage vinyl collection. She also plays guitar, Kalimba, harmonica, and ukulele. She also speaks Italian and has appeared in numerous television shows and a movie. In her down time, she loves to paint and write poetry and stories. She loves to spend time with her family and pets. She has two dogs and three reptiles. She aspires to be a psychiatrist to make a positive difference in other people’s lives. But for now, Morgan will continue to take pride in the Earth we live on and help it anyway she could in hopes of making a difference, whether big or small
Co-Founder I Executive Director
Co-Founder I President
Kevin Malaekeh is a junior at Del Oro High School. Growing up, Kevin always loved being outdoors, and he had an appreciation for nature. Living in California, Kevin experienced the effects of climate change first-hand. He was saddened by the disastrous effects that multiyear droughts and wildfires had on the environment around him. Starting in high school, he decided to take action on climate change by creating an environmental club and making his school and community more environmentally friendly. By creating this organization, he hopes to spread his message to schools and communities across America and help mitigate the consequences caused by climate change.
Manas Mathur is a senior at Warren Township High School in Illinois. He loves the outdoors, swimming, and technology. As he grew up, he'd spend his summers out camping and seeing new places. He joined YCAC to learn more about the environment and to also join the fight in preserving it. As a part of the organization, he handles inter-communication between all members of YCAC.
Senior Event Director
Anna Miller is a junior at Del Oro High School. Her passions include skiing, hiking, and traveling. Growing up near the Santa Cruz Mountains, Anna often spent her weekends exploring the Redwoods and truly gained an appreciation for what nature has to offer. Inspired by role models and her peers, Anna decided to take action on the causes she is most passionate about. Through YCAC, she has been organizing and directing different events to help spread awareness of climate change. She also helps with managing the organization’s social media presence.
Senior Event Director
Ashley Leaman is a junior at Del Oro High school. She helps set up and direct events such as trash cleanups, climate activist speakers, and many more.