Oscar PsychasYouth Council Member
Oscar is a high school senior from Gainesville, Florida. The son of a Finnish mother and American father, he has spent most of his childhood in West Africa. He has founded and led the Seventh Generation, a club that’s engaged teens with Florida’s environment and the issues it faces through hikes, cleanups, and tree planting projects. Though he has been a lifelong nature lover, Oscar was compelled to become a conservationist after witnessing the cycle of environmental degradation and poverty in his childhood home of Ghana. Today he is especially interested in fighting habitat degradation in sub-Saharan Africa through community-based conservation. Closer to home, Oscar has worked with local conservation organizations to restore native longleaf pine forests and Florida’s iconic springs. In his free time, Oscar enjoys reading, longboarding, and exploring the forests and wetlands of North Florida with family and friends. Oscar is excited to be a part of the Youth Leadership Council, and he hopes to work with other conservation leaders to find new ways to engage youth as stewards of their environment.