About us

The Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action is a student-led organization that promotes environmental education and engages government officials, private-sector organizations, and community members in constructive dialogue. Through our hands-on approach to environmental education and activism, CYACA educates, engages, and empowers Chicago youth to take climate action in their communities and beyond.

Executive Board

Suzy Schlosberg, a Senior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School was born in Beijing, China, where she grew up with the consequences of industrial pollution and its detrimental health effects. Once she moved to Chicago, she became increasingly involved with efforts to combat environmental degradation, joining the Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action her freshman year of high school. Now as Co-Director of CYACA, Suzy hopes to inspire and empower others to act together to form an intersectional youth climate movement. Suzy is also on the steering committee for the Ready for 100 Chicago Collective and is a student intern at the Sierra Club office. In her free time Suzy loves journaling and discovering new cafes.

Allison, a Senior at Whitney M. Young High School, is passionate about addressing the inequalities of climate change and inspiring youth to take control of the future. As Co-Director of the CYACA, she chairs the CPS Sustainability Board, which empowers Chicago students to take action in their own schools. Outside of environmental activism, Allison sponsors refugee girls, sings in the Whitney Young Concert Choir, leads the Model United Nations Team, and volunteers in the community. Her favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip, and she loves to travel, read, and listen to music.

Suzy Schlosberg

Co-Director, Chair of Political Action Team

Allison Cavallo

Co-Director, Chair of School Sustainability Board

David Pavletic is a Senior at Whitney Young High School. He first learned about climate change in 6th grade and got involved in CYACA his sophomore year of high school. He is also in leadership at Illinois Climate Strike, active with the Sierra Student Coalition, and a volunteer at Greenpeace. As a runner, nature is his home!

David Pavletic

Outreach Coordinator

Hina Matsumoto, a sophomore at Deerfield High School, was born in Nagasaki, Japan. She has lived in many different places and sees the importance of environmental conservation throughout our nation. She also firmly believes in taking action as early as you can, and is also a youth activist for social issues. Hina is the Vice President of the Girl Up chapter at her school, the assistant literary editor of Troubadour Magazine. She is planning to study Journalism at university and hopes to inspire others to take action for the things they believe in.

Hina Matsumoto

Social Media Director

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CYACA marches in downtown in support of the Clean Jobs Bill.

Founders Andrea, Paty, Quincy, and Brian prepare for EcoTalks 2016.

CYACA's second annual lobbying trip to Springfield, 2018.

CYACA marches in downtown in support of the Clean Jobs Bill.