Rachael Meyers has been working in the intersection of youth leadership and outdoor/environmental education for over ten years. Originally from New England where she struggled to find belonging as a gumptious Mixed Black girl, nature was her safe haven and working with children as a camp counselor and child care provider brought her agency and purpose. Rachael found her permanent home in Oakland, California, in the unceded territory of the Chochenyo Ohlone people who are the true stewards of this land, where she lives and works to support her community in solidarity and complicity. Her personal mission is to nurture self determination in Black & Brown youth as they grow into their power as radically liberated community leaders who have a deep sense of belonging and connection with nature. She believes deeply that young people hold the answers to protecting our planet, and finds immense joy in supporting their ever evolving vision and growth.
Rachael has had the opportunity to collaborate with many amazing individuals and organizations that work to increase equity and joy for Black & Brown communities in the Bay Area, most recently as Director of Programs at NOCCS, a small K-5 Oakland school. She is thrilled to continue to do this collaborative work as Program Director at Youth on Root. Youth on Root has a radical vision for how to empower youth and follow their lead in creating lasting impact on environmental justice, and Rachael is excited to bring her skills and expertise in school program development and youth leadership to the Youth on Root team.