The Next Generation of Conservation Leaders
Teens are Part of Every Chapter
TU has teen members in every state. They often come to TU through a summer camp or fishing day, and they stay because they also care about conservation. Their youth membership has a discounted rate, but they receive the same benefits, including Trout magazine, our beautiful calendar, and full chapter membership. More and more teens come to TU each year, all of them looking for ways to contribute their time, energy, and talents to our goals and mission.
Annual Youth Summit for Teen Leaders
Every summer, teen leaders from across the country gather together to exchange ideas, learn about conservation and leadership, and shape the continually evolving TU Teen program. Strong candidates for the Teen Summit have already been involved in TU; they’ve attended a camp or worked on chapter projects, and they want to do more. They have ideas for how to recruit and organize teens in their community, and summiteers want the opportunity to meet like-minded TU Teens from across the country.
Each year, the TU Teen Summit includes an agenda packed to the gills with field trips, service learning projects, discussion groups, workshops, and plenty of fishing. Applications are available in the Spring and due May 1st each year.
National Youth Leadership Council
From the teens who attend TU’s Teen Summit, a select few become part of TU’s National Youth Leadership Council (YLC). TU’s YLC advises staff and volunteer leaders on national youth initiatives within TU, enhances the presence of TU’s teen programs in various media, and plans the annual Youth Summit.