"I'm so grateful to be part of CELF! Joining the SAM advisory board is one of the best decisions I've made in high school. Thanks again for all the opportunities!"

2014 SAM advisory board member

Become a Peer Leader in Sustainability

CELF’s Student Ambassadors (SAMs) are high school students who learn about sustainability issues and gain hands-on experience developing interpersonal skills while making a difference in their own community and communities around the globe. SAMs build relationships within their own schools and with students from other schools while representing CELF at local, regional and national events. The SAMs program is designed to:

  • Provide a safe, creative space for environmentally conscience students to share ideas, learn, and pursue additional knowledge in all areas of sustainable development and social reform. 
  • Raise awareness and promote social justice with regard to access and fair use of potable water, along with other human rights. 
  • Involve young adults in public service and create opportunities for them to make a difference locally, nationally, and globally. 

Message from SAM president:

My name is Karina and I'm a senior at Hackley in Tarrytown, NY. I've been a student ambassador for the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation – a CELF SAM – since my freshman year, and this is my second year as president of the CELF Student Advisory Board. Right now, you're probably inundated with extracurricular possibilities – all of which sound like excellent and meaningful opportunities to pursue. Joining CELF was one of the best decisions I made in high school! Thank you for letting me take a few minutes of your time to explain why.

As a SAM, you'll be part of a powerful and influential network of student environmental leaders from around the country. You'll hear about what others are doing in their schools and communities and share what's going on in yours. You know that sustainability project that you've always wanted to do, but have had trouble getting off the ground? As a SAM, you'll get the support that you need from adult educators and student leaders to get that project running, maneuver roadblocks, and bring it to fruition. You'll become interested in areas of environmentalism that previously weren't even on your radar, because you'll get to know and admire other students who are excited about them.

You'll explore the freshwater crisis from multiple perspectives. You'll learn how to develop effective speaking points and how to engage a wide variety of audiences. You'll represent CELF at regional and national expos where you'll educate others about the freshwater crisis and demonstrate one of the most significant humanitarian design solutions of our time, the LifeStraw® -- a portable water filter that removes bacteria and parasites responsible for common diarrheal diseases. You'll organize and moderate professional speaking panels where you'll interact with private and public sector leaders who make environmental issues a priority. You'll attend events where you'll meet inspiring politicians, business people, government officials, philanthropists, and activists from around the world.

So this fall when you're making choices about what to get involved with and how to spend your time in high school, please consider the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation. Join others who understand that our future hinges on the wise and compassionate stewardship of an environmentally-educated public dedicated to protecting that which sustains us, our families, our communities, and future generations!

Learn more about SAMs and how you can get involved.