FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2022
Carrie Cullen, Our Climate
WASHINGTON, D.C, March 28, 2022 – Our Climate, a nonprofit that empowers young people to advocate for the science-based, equitable and intersectional climate justice policies that build a thriving world, is pleased to announce that our Executive Director Jasmine Davenport (formerly Sanders) is the 2022 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award.
The John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards® were created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and The Institute of Politics at Harvard University to honor Americans under the age of 40 who are changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service. The awards are presented annually to two exceptional individuals whose contributions as full-time public servants in elective office, community service, or advocacy demonstrate the impact and the value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.
“My grandfather understood the power of young leaders to change the world,” said Jack Schlossberg, grandson of President Kennedy and chair of the New Frontier Award Committee.
The New Frontier Award recognizes Jasmine Davenport (formerly Sanders) for her leadership in the climate justice movement as the Executive Director of Our Climate, a climate scientist, and an outspoken advocate for equitable climate justice solutions on the local and global scale.
“Our Earth is crying out for help, and our environment is telling us that as human beings we need to make a difference. Young people are able to bring together different communities and generations. Young people are able to tap into what brings them joy, what needs to be done, and what they are good at. This is a unique opportunity,” said Jasmine Davenport in her acceptance speech.
According to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum website, “The recipients of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards are role models for a new generation of public servants. They demonstrate the qualities President Kennedy embodied and admired: civic mindedness, pragmatism, vision and tenacity in identifying and addressing public challenges.”
As Jasmine said in her speech, “Young people give me hope, and give me joy.”
About Our Climate
Our Climate empowers young people to advocate for the science-based, equitable and intersectional climate justice policies that build a thriving world. We engage and train youth from affected communities and groups to participate in broad and diverse advocacy coalitions. Together, we build deep partnerships, mobilize, and center those most impacted by climate change to dismantle systemic oppression and achieve systemic change. For more information, please visit www.ourclimate.us.