Parent Organization: UNC-Chapel Hill

The Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) is a broad network of high school and college-aged youth from across the country working to protect the environment. The SSC is the youth-led chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization.

The SSC’s mission is simple: "to train, empower, and organize youth to run effective campaigns that result in tangible environmental victories and that develop leaders for the environmental movement."

With more than 250 groups nationwide, the SSC develops environmental leaders through grassroots trainings programs and works to maximize our campus-based effectiveness through the creation and maintenance of state and regional networks of high school and college students.

Unlike most national organizations, the SSC is youth-run. They not only set our national priorities and plan our campaigns, they develop new resources, design and run our trainings programs, and support the SSC's volunteer network. A small staff supports the SSC's programs and volunteers.

At UNC, as a chapter of the SSC, we hope to espouse the mission of the SSC on a local level, giving Chapel Hill students the opportunity to gain practical experience in campaigning for an environmental cause in their own college community.