American Youth Leadership Program
Sponsored by the United States State Department, the American Youth Leadership Program is a cultural exchange and environmental studies program for high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area. Students develop global leadership skills around the topic of urban environmental sustainability and meet with environmental organizations and local students to learn about innovative methods for tackling pressing global issues.
In partnership with Conservation International and Volunteers in Asia, Teng Hoi held the Carbon Trading Game as part of the American Youth Leadership Program. In the summer of 2015 and 2016, American Youth Leaders joined local Hong Kong students to participate in the game and shared mutual interest in cross-cultural exchange and passion for environmental conservation.
It is always a great pleasure to interact with American Youth Leaders and local students. We were particularly impressed with the level of enthusiasm and teamwork that developed among the participants during the event. Due to the dynamic and engaging nature of the Carbon Trading Game, every run is met with a broad range of results and challenges, but the main outcome remains: participants are able to receive unique insights and be actively engaged in current environmental issues.
We are delighted that the positive impact of the game has been felt by AYLP staff and students.
“I understand economic incentives now; the frustration of companies struggling to be sustainable. This was wonderful. It taught me so much about politics and economics.” – AYLP Student
“A great way for the individuals in the workshop to gain insight on social politics and trade in the world.” – AYLP Student
“I learned that it is extremely expensive to be green, so that’s why companies or people avoid and try to gain a loophole. The black market is very tempting as it offers cheaper prices.” – AYLP Student
“Very energetic and funny presenters. I wish the game could have been longer.” – AYLP Student
“For myself and other staff or mentors – we were very impressed with the energy the game created, with the high-level facilitation from your staff members, and with the clever way that the program framed what can be very dry economic concepts in a fun and engaging way for the students.” – AYLP Staff