Shania Santana

Youth Council Member

Shania Santana is a freshman at Stanford University and she hopes to study Earth Systems and International Relations. She is passionate about helping others and working together to create solutions. In her freshman year at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, IL, Shania took small steps towards fighting climate change when she and a group of friends participated in the 15-week long, Mycelia Project, for biology. She knew that action to protect our environment had to be taken immediately. They began to get involved with their communities in an attempt to make them better through a variety of different mini-projects. After this, Shania was determined to stayed involved to better the environment. Shania was in the Ecology club in high school and is an ACE fellowship alumni.

Shania’s love for the environment did not stop after the ACE fellowship in Chicago did not continue; she and some of her fellowship friends joined to create their own organization. Together they founded The Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action and made it their goal to engage their neighborhoods and friends, educate, and empower Chicago youth to take climate action in their communities and beyond.

Shania is a passionate activist who loves music, dance, food, animals, and bad puns. She has danced with the BYNC Mexican Folkloric Ballet since she was nine years old, and has playlists that range from Kanye West to Disney movie soundtracks. This is Shania’s second year with the council and is ecstatic to continue working with the incredible YLC and EarthEcho International.