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It’s Our Future Supports Climate Advocac

Photo courtesy of E-town Sunrise Facebook page By Milo Slevin, ETHS student As youth climate advocates, our connections with other young people are an important way for us to create greater impact.  It’s Our Future (IOF), a youth-driven program that empowers Chicago area high school students to advocate for just climate solutions in their schools […]

It’s Our Future is ready to take action

Since winning the Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy Big Idea pitch in March, Seven Generations Ahead has been coordinating all the components of the education, engagement and empowerment initiative that’s designed to raise up the next generation of sustainability leaders. It’s Our Future’s had a public kick-off on Sept. 17 at the Oak Park Main Library, […]

It’s Our Future

IOF students at COP27 with artist and climate activist Uili Lousi, the representative from the Kingdom of Tonga. Get the latest COP coverage   It’s Our Future (IOF) empowers Chicago area high school students of all backgrounds to work together towards climate justice in their schools and communities. Program Background IOF connects youth from Chicago, […]

IOF Resource Guide

Welcome to It’s Our Future‘s Resource Guide! Students members of It’s Our Future (IOF) have developed this step-by-step resource guide to help others on their environmental journey, from the basics to policy changes in schools and everything in between. IOF students have helped to pass climate policies in 3 school districts, and have created this […]

COP27 November 6th Dispatch: It’s Compli

By Gary Cuneen It’s an odd experience being here in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – a gorgeous coastal beach resort at the bottom of the Sinai Peninsula by the Red Sea – and attending the 27th Conference of Parties (COP) UN Climate Summit. Over 100 heads of state and just shy of 200 countries are descending […]

Meet our COP27 Delegates!

It’s that time of year again! We’re headed to this year’s UN Climate Summit, COP27, in early November, and we’re bringing a great crew! Five Chicagoland students representing It’s Our Future, and one Chicago teacher, will travel to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt to observe the climate negotiations and report back. Get to know this fantastic team […]

It’s Their Future: Farewell, IOF Seniors

IOF Seniors with the delegate from Tongva at COP26 The 5 students who attended COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland have graduated from high school and from It’s Our Future!  We are so proud of their accomplishments and grateful for their voices in this important work.  Sophie Ball will be studying International Relations at King’s College in […]

It’s Our Future steps onto the world sta Fresh from the UN Climate Conference in Madrid, OPRF senior Roz Beile stood before a packed room and described what the experience was like for her. It was a whirlwind, exhilarating week, filled with meetings and eye-opening interactions with people from around the globe, she said. The high point, though, was getting to participate in […]

Meet Our Team

Mark Burger Consultant, Renewable Energy   Diane Chapeta Illinois Farm to School Program Manager   Pemalyn Hessing Operations Manager   Amy Lee Finance   Liz Lukehart Communications Caroline French Sustainability Program Associate Becky Brodsky Zero Waste Schools Program Manager   Gary Cuneen Founder & Executive Director   […]

Meet the High School Students Traveling ...

Six Chicago area high school students are headed to Dubai this fall for this year’s UN Climate Summit, COP28. They are all members of It’s Our Future (IOF), SGA’s youth environmental advocacy program, and are engaged in numerous other environmental advocacy projects. Two of our students, Danica and Natasha, met through IOF and then formed […]