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Alliance for Climate Education, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Environment, Environmental Education, Secondary & High Schools, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: ACE educates young people on the science of climate change and empowers them to take action.

Results: Since 2008, we have presented to nearly 2 million students around the country and with the launch of the new ACE online assembly, we will reach over 700,000 more in the year to come. Through our unique programing, ACE will empower over 500,000 young people to take meaningful actions in support of climate and energy solutions.

Target demographics: educate young people on the science of climate change and empower them to take action.

Geographic areas served: 6 program regions: New England, New York, North Carolina, Bay Area, Northern California, Las Vegas

Programs: The award-winning live, multimedia presentation called the ACE Assembly, which uses a unique blend of pop culture and the science to reach young people across America. We now offer both the live, in person assembly, and a brand new virtual version (as of January 2016). We also have the ACE Action Fellowship, a year long, weekly meeting-based fellowship program for students to receive mentorship, education and action opportunities in the climate movement.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACE is doing an incredible job of inspiring youth to take action in the climate movement. I was fortunate enough to work closely with ACE for 2 years and in that time I saw hundreds of youth inspired by ACE's scientific approach to explaining climate change. They've reached over a million high schoolers and thousands of those students have become leaders in their community: planting gardens, building bikes, promoting recycling, organizing green proms and car pools to school. Some of ACE's climate leaders have even taken their story all the way to DC to our nation's leaders. ACE's unique approach of focusing on the science and the solutions empowers students to get involved, rather than presenting them with a doom and gloom view of climate change. ACE also uses the most up-to-date and innovative technology to reach students. The multi-media presentation is customizable for each audience and ACE mainly communicates with it's students via social media and text messaging - the way they communicate with each other!

Adarsha S.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I've been working with ACE for 3 years. They're an incredible organization that really tries (and succeeds) to educate the younger generations about climate change. More importantly, ACE provides the resources that the youth need in order to actually take action and make the world more sustainable (and in the process help tackle climate change). ACE teaches people that youth have tremendous power, and that the youth truly can make a difference now, despite what others say.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ACE has been a part of our school's science curriculum since the organization's inception---their program and assembly are top notch and cater to youth in an exceptional way. HIGHLY recommend partnering with this organization for educating and inspiring youth to understand climate change and be empowered to get involved.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the Student Activities Director at Jefferson High School in Daly City, CA. I worked with Wen Lee to coordinate an ACE presentation to our freshmen students on Friday, April 13th. While planning, Wen was incredibly responsive and helpful with coordination of the assembly. The assembly was a big hit on campus and has inspired the Environmental Club to being working on a "Biggest Loser" campaign. I have been nothing but impressed by ACE.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ACE came to LHS to do a fantastic multimedia assembly. They know their content and know how to connect to youth. They have incredible enthusiasm and passion for the work. ACE is thoughtful as a partner with schools and collaborates effectively.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became aware of ACE from another teacher and had previously seen one of their presentations to high school students. I was impressed by the way they conveyed their message of personal responsibility for our environment to the students. I contacted them to present at my school and they were very excited to do this.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ACE presented five engrossing hour-long talks on climate change to packed auditoriums at our public high school. The visuals - part animation, part film - were super compelling for our students: entertaining and humorous, but more importantly, informative, honest, and hopeful. The ACE presenter, Wen, finally, was truly a superstar presenter: energetic, committed, and warm. I'm thrilled to have the chance to cast a nod for ACE!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACE hosts incredibly dynamic, smart, interesting, hip, and engaging assemblies about climate change. Their presenters are filled with heart, and are talented educators and youth advocates/encouragers. They've got their fingers on the pulse!

Client Served

Rating: 5

ACE came to my charter high school this spring. Their presentation on climate change was excellent. It was totally engaging for a our students, who are often hard to reach. I loved the multimedia aspect combined with the live presenter. The info was accessible and inspiring. I know my students will remember this experience and be in a better position to act on climate change.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Wen Lee from ACE contacted me and we set up an assembly for about 200 students at my school. The entire process was very easy and the assembly itself was a huge success. The students were engaged and afterwards several students met up to figure out what actions could be done at our school to slow down climate change. The students are currently doing the Biggest Lose Energy challenge and it may end up saving our school energy and of course money too. My only regret is that we didn't get more students to the assembly but we discussed ways to make it a bigger event next time. It was definitely worth the small effort I put in to make it happen.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many teachers came up to me after the assembly and said that's the best assembly we've ever had! Students were riveted. I had warned Wen to expect a lot of noise from the audience, but to my delight, I was totally wrong! It was her clear delivery combined with the catchy video, animation and stills that made the presentation over the top!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach AP Environmental Science at a private prep school in CA. A student of mine approached me asking if we could arrange for ACE to come give a presentation to our school community about Climate Change prior to Earth Day. I was glad she did! ACE came and delivered an outstanding presentation that reminded us all what we can and should be doing in our lives to address climate change.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great assembly presentation to whole school ! The content and delivery were age appropriate and the use of technology reached high schoolers on their level.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From a high school in East San Jose, our students have other worries other than the global environment. Wen from ACE was able to engage the students with the wonderful presentation and allowed my students to realize that they are part of this global issue, and they are important enough to take part of the changing of the world for good. Wen and ACE made my students think about more than just what was going on at home and expand their minds for the good of the community and the rest of the world. Thank you ACE.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alliance for Climate Education came to the high school where I teach (Stevenson School) and gave a truly outstanding presentation on the urgency of recognizing climate change. The presenter connected with a high-school audience in a way that I didn't think possible--for an hour!--because she was talking about a subject that is difficult for a high-school student to comprehend. The presenter mixed it up well with an incredibly slick presentation that was easy to follow, easy to understand, and captured the significance of the problem of climate change without making it too heavy or pessimistic. She also engaged the audience to use their mobile phones to text ACE about what they planned to do to limit their own carbon footprint. The one thing I would have recommended for a follow-up visit is trying to limit the presentation to 45 minutes rather than an hour, because high-school students have a hard time sitting still for longer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was one of the many students looking to start an ACE club, and contacting them directly was the best way to start doing so! They reply to e-mails in a day or less, and mainly, provide assistance for anyone who wants to be involved. I wasn't expecting such welcoming and down-to-earth workers, and even the volunteers and students working there are just as helpful. They help you take initiative to start something new, and I'm really glad I'm part of such an amazing network! I hope that others gain more knowledge about ACE and what it offers, because it definitely helps the community we live in and our environment, a major aspect that will be carried out throughout our lives.

Daniela L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first saw the ACE assembly in freshman year, I had been hearing about (and vaguely caring about) climate change for years...but the ACE presentation - the upbeat tone, the cool educators, and the well-presented information - was the first thing to push me to take action. A classmate and I applied for and won a grant from ACE, which allowed us to install window-insulating film, fund an organic garden, and partially fund a smart sub-metering system on our campus. Our success with saving energy & costs through the smart energy system led us to start an organization, spread the system to other schools, and even speak at venues like the White House's Smart Grid Modernization event and Powershift 2011! ACE has been there for it all - they inspired our initial project, connected us with other organizations and speaking opportunities and students, gave us the opportunity to go to Powershift and the Clinton Global Initiative event in New York, and made us Youth Advisory Board members. Through ACE, I have learned that I really do have the power to bring attention to climate change & especially youth participation in the movement to fight it, and I am so grateful to ACE and every single person there for everything. I have grown more confident & empowered as a person, and more knowledgeable and excited as a "climate activist." The staff at ACE are so kind, energetic, and passionate about their cause that it's ridiculous - I hope I can keep my ties to them as I go off to college, and I honestly hope I would be able to be part of an organization like ACE when I go into the workforce.

Robbie A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alliance for Climate Education is the most effective environmental non-profit in the country. They are teaching a generation of students the basics of climate change in an incredibly entertaining assembly, providing them with tools and support for moving from education to action by supporting green action teams at high schools. In only a few short years they've educated over a million students on the causes, consequences, and solutions to the climate crisis. At a time when the science of climate change is being attacked there is no organization doing a better job of educating and engaging Americans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACE has literally changed my life in more ways that I could have ever imagined. When I first saw an ACE presentation my freshman year of high school, I was literally blown away. The way they appeal to high school students is absolutely incredible. I applied for a grant from ACE and ended up winning - the project they funded at my school was very successful and ACE helped me co-found an organization to replicate that energy-reducing project at other schools. Over the years, ACE has been a strong support system for me. They've provided me multiple venues to expand my project and they've always been eager and excited to help. ACE is the best thing that ever happened to me and I could not imagine how dull and uninspiring high school would have been like without them! I give them my highest recommendation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACE provides outstanding assemblies that teach middle and high school students about the causes and consequences of climate change. They do this using a dynamic, creative, animated presentation that is narrated by the presenter. They also offer actions that students can take to help make a difference. The first time I saw this assembly I was so impressed with how they presented such a difficult topic!