Who are Sarasota Students 4 Climate?

Founded in solidarity with the first global climate on March 15th, 2019, we have continued to push the envelope for climate justice to this day, motivating and growing the youth environmental movement in Sarasota through school strikes, art installations, live streams, lobbying, and building a network and community where young people can feel comfortable to explore their feelings and anxiety around the climate crisis.

Meet the Team

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Anja Schwarzbauer (she/her)
Co-Leader | Director of Media Relations
September 2020

Anja is a junior at Sarasota High School and is enrolled in the AICE and MaST programs. Through these programs and her involvement at school, Anja has developed notable experience in researching environmental issues from a political perspective. She joined Sarasota Students 4 Climate in August of 2020 with a goal of working with their team to make a difference in both local and state government. She has since taken over the responsibilities of the bi-weekly newsletter and is an active member of SS4C’s Ready for 100 outreach team. She is excited to grow with the organization as co-lead and continue acting on the climate crisis!

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Mehak Sandhu (she/her)
Co-Leader | Art Director
June 2020

Mehak is a Junior at Booker High School in the VPA program. They had heard of Sarasota Students 4 Climate through some of her friends and knew they immediately had to join because of their passion for climate action. She jumped right in during the summer of 2020, and has actively been working in the group ever since. After working as Co-Arts Director with member Alanna Hutton for months, organizing strikes and events, Mehak is beyond thankful to begin co-leading the team alongside Anja Schwarzbauer.

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Devin Gulliver (he/him)
Director of Information Systems
March 2019

Devin is a sophomore at Pine View School for the Gifted. He has been with Sarasota Students 4 Climate since its birth, and has brought his aptitude for programming with him to the climate activism scene. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, he's helped orchestrate alternatives to climate strikes, such as YouTube livestreams and email campaigns, with great success. Currently, Devin writes the code for this website by hand in order to serve it on Google's carbon-neutral infrastructure.

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Amanda Koren (she/her)
Ready for 100 Sierra Club Campaign Liaison
February 2021

Amanda is a senior at Riverview High School. Her growing awareness of climate change inspired her to become an active member in her community. She has been involved with Girl Scouts for 12 years now and has lead many projects including a toy drive aiming to upcycle gently used toys and donating them to title one schools, to keep perfectly lovely toys out of landfills and into the arms of children. Her expanding awareness of climate and animal injustices around the globe inspired her to transition to a plant-based vegan diet. Amanda recognizes that political activism is a way to raise both awareness and exert pressure. She looks forward to participating with Sarasota Students 4 Climate to facilitate urgent changes starting in her own community.

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Alanna Hutton (she/her)
Art Director
June 2020

Alanna is a 11th grader at Booker High School's Visual and Performing Arts Program. She joined Sarasota Students 4 Climate in June 2020 with the aim to intersect climate activism with art. She now works with Mehak as an Art Director and hopes to continue organizing art-related events to promote environmental policy.

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Gabriele Navickis (she/her)
Outreach and Networking Director
February 2021

Gabriele is a sophomore at Pine View School for the Gifted. She works on staying connected with local and state level politicians, organizations, and businesses. Her position also entails reaching out and developing our network of youths and allies fighting against climate change.

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Alma Dasberg (she/her)
Communications Director
May 2020

Alma Dasberg is a junior at Booker High School and co director of communications for SS4C . She became involved in local climate activism after attending multiple climate strikes in Sarasota. She is also involved in social justice initiatives where she hopes to stress the importance of climate work in social issues and vice versa.

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Lily Quartermaine (she/her)
Director of Social Media
February 2021

Lily is a junior at Pine View School which she has attended since grade 2. She is an avid member of Pine View’s journalism team, and writes stories and creates illustrations for the website, the elementary paper, and the high school paper. She is passionate about climate change because of her father, Ben Quartermaine, who works as a stormwater engineer and has always had a care for the environment. She is a newer member of the SS4C team, but is just as excited nonetheless.

All photos courtesy of their respective member.

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