WORDS HAVE POWER

MEET JAYSA HUNTER-MELLERS — YVFP YOUTH AMBASSADOR & ADVOCATE FOR CIVIC EDUCATION

JAYSA HUNTER-MELLERS

FEATURED IN YVFP FILM ‘WORDS HAVE POWER’

At 10 years old, Jaysa Hunter-Mellers’ dynamic speeches at rallies and her testimony at City Hall helped shut down the coal-fired power plant that was causing her asthma. Her story is told in the short film, “Words Have Power”, one of thirteen Young Voices for the Planet (YVFP) films produced by Lynne Cherry documenting youth solutions to the climate crisis and other environmental and social justice issues.

In addition to environmental justice, Jaysa has become a passionate advocate for civic education in all schools, so that kids—and adults, too—can learn how to participate in their own governance, take action, and speak truth to power like she did.

At 14 years old, Jaysa continues to galvanize audiences with a courage and wisdom that belie her years. She has been a Youth Leadership Panel Participant at Omega’s 2019 Drawdown Learn Conference and co-led YVFP’s Civic Engagement and Democracy workshop at the Ashokan Center’s 2020 Youth Empowerment & Sustainability Summit (YESS!). She has spoken after film screenings including the Belmont World Film Festival and the Climate Action Film Festivals. She is also featured in these Radio Kingston interviews that aired as part of YESS! and Earth Day 2020.

“Words Have Power” won 2019 Best of Fest and 1st Place Environmental Awards at MY HERO Film Festival and has been screened at or continues to tour at Wild & Scenic in CA, Climate Action Film Festivals in NY & VT, and Environmental Film Festivals in Washington DC, Philadelphia, North Carolina, and Colorado. The film is included in Zinn Education Project’s Teach Climate Justice Resources. It is also used in Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation’s citizen science air-quality monitoring programs in NY & YX and Communitopia’s climate workshops in environmental justice communities of Allegheny County, PA.

To inquire about collaborating with Young Voices for the Planet, or to invite Jaysa to appear at your event virtually, please fill out this Program Interest Form below.

YVFP Film, Words Have Power, Philadelphia Environmental Film Fest, Sept 23-27, 2020
Creation Justice Network, North Carolina, Young Voices for the Planet
YVFP Film, Words Have Power, Best of Fest Award, My HERO International Film Fest
YVFP - Words Have Power Film On Tour with Wild & Scenic Film Festival
YVFP Words Have Power Film at Suncommon's Climate Action Film Festival - NY & VT
YVFP Words Have Power at Colorado Environmental Film Festival 2020
Smithsonian's Earth Optimism - Words Have Power Film Screening
Zinn Education Project - Teach Climate Justice - Word Have Power - Jaysa Hunter-Mellers

EVENTS CALENDAR

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & OTHER EVENTS

AESS ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY SYMPOSIUM
JUNE 11, 2020

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) is an independent faculty-and-student-based professional association in higher education, designed to serve the needs of environmental scholars and scientists who value interdisciplinary approaches to research, teaching, and problem-solving. At their annual symposium, Jaysa Hunter-Mellers will present the keynote address, screen “Words Have Power” and facilitate a Q&A on youth-led civic engagement and democracy.

BUGS Earth Day Event

BROOKLYN URBAN GARDEN CHARTER SCHOOL – EARTH DAY
APRIL 22, 2020

BUGS is a community-based middle school, serving grades 6-8, where students study the natural and social environment across all subjects, using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach. Jaysa Hunter-Mellers, environmental justice and civic education advocate, and Birch Kinsey, a Buffalo-based just transition advocate will be guest presenters at BUGS’ Earth Day Virtual Assembly, organized by Director of Sustainability, Jess Norris, and the BUGS team.

YVFP @ YESS 2020

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT & SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT
FEB. 6-8, 2020

The Youth Empowerment & Sustainability Summit (YESS!), co-presented by the Ashokan Center and Woodstock Day School, is a global climate solution and leadership summit for young people who are ready to change their lives and their communities by working towards climate resilience. 140 students from 22 schools from the Hudson Valley, New York City, England, and Sweden participated. Jaysa Hunter-Mellers & Lynne Cherry presented Young Voices for the Planet’s film series and Civic Engagement & Democracy Curriculum, including the primary A.C.T.I.O.N. plan.

OMEGA Drawdown Learn Conference - YVFP & Jaysa Hunter-Mellers

OMEGA DRAWDOWN LEARN CONFERENCE
Oct. 18-20, 2019

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living, in Rhinebeck, NY, hosted a powerful array of presenters who illuminated what is possible in the effort to achieve Drawdown—the critical point when atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations peak and decrease each subsequent year—by or before 2050. The 2019 Drawdown Learn Conference videos are freely available on demand until Oct 16 2020, and feature more than 16 hours of powerful, illuminating, and inspiring conversations. Jaysa Hunter-Mellers participated as a panelist, during the Conference’s Youth Summit, which you can read about in this NPR article.

INTERVIEWS

WITH JAYSA HUNTER-MELLERS

Radio Kingston - I want What SHE has Podcast; Interview with Jaysa Hunter-Mellers, Tiffany Mellers & Lynne Cherry

RADIO KINGSTON
I WANT WHAT SHE HAS PODCAST
APRIL 22, 2020

Interview with Jaysa Hunter-Mellers, Tiffany Mellers & Lynne Cherry

“Happy Earth Day!” with Jaysa Hunter-Mellers, Youth Climate Advocate and Lynne Cherry of Young Voices for the Planet

RADIO KINGSTON
JIMMY BUFF LOVES YOU
FEB. 7, 2020

Interview with Jaysa Hunter-Mellers, Lynne Cherry & Kale Kaposhilin

“We need civic education. Not every high school is required to have civic education, which means not everybody knows their rights. If you have an issue in your community, go to your town meetings. Go straight to the source.” — Jaysa

YVFP Pawling Public Radio, Hudson Valley Green with Kara O'Neill: Interview with Jaysa Hunter-Mellers & Lynne Cherry

PAWLING PUBLIC RADIO
HUDSON VALLEY GREEN
KARA O’NEILL
FEB. 7, 2020

Interview with Jaysa Hunter-Mellers & Lynne Cherry

Recording coming soon

PRESS COVERAGE

FILM SERIES & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & DEMOCRACY EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS

TIME for Kids - Jaysa Hunter-Mellers, Words Have Power

TIME FOR KIDS
April 17, 2020
Kid Heroes for the Planet
by Constance Gibbs, Karena Phan, Ellen Nam & Rebecca Mordechai

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YVFP Press: Washington Parent April 2020

WASHINGTON PARENT
April 2020
Young Voices for the Planet Film Series recommended for Earth Day by Jenny L. Heinbaugh

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YVFP Press - The Boston Globe - Belmont Family Film Festival

THE BOSTON GLOBE
January 9, 2020
In Focus: Kids Helping Save the World by Peter Keough

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YVFP Press: Neighborhood Voices

NEIGHBORHOOD VOICES
August 27, 2019
In Studio Pop-Up: Young Voices for the Planet
Interview with slbradio

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YVFP_Press_Parentology

PARENTOLOGY
August 12, 2019
Climate Change Activist: Jaysa Mellers Proves Words Have Power
by Bekah Wright

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YVFP Press: Next Pittsburgh, Heinz Grant

NEXT PITTSBURGH
June 21, 2019
Young Voices for the Planet is Making a Lot More Noise With $90,000 Heinz Endowments Grant by Kristy Locklin

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YVFP Press: Pittsburgh Post Gazette

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE
February 15, 2019
Kids, Teach Your Teachers Well About Environmental Awareness
by John Hayes

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YVFP Press: "Words Have Power" featured in Allegheny Front

THE ALLEGHENY FRONT
February 1, 2019
Empowering Kids to Act on Climate Change by Andy Kubis

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