The Youth leaders


Bianca is an underclassman at her local high school, originally from Australia. She frequently works within and outside of school -through YouCAN, for example- to promote and implement sustainable practices in all of her communities. She loves interacting with people and discussing topics she is passionate about, exploring new ideas and growing as a person and activist, as she knows that that is what is important when working to supposedly “fix” the planet.



Eli is a high school student who likes playing guitar and bass. He is also in the CHS choir. He wants to help make change on a communal level and does so with you-can.


Sarah Hovermale is a student at Crescent Valley High School who loves dancing, singing, and musical theater. In her free time she enjoys being outside, spending time with her dogs and surfing. She loves working towards things she is passionate about such as climate action!

The adult support

Debra Higbee-Sudyka

The Chair of the Corvallis Environmental Action Team of the Sierra Club, Debra has experience in local and state policy making. As the main proponent of the Plastic Bag Ban, she has made fundamental change in our community.


Froggi VanRiper

Froggi holds a masters degree in Sustainable Development from Linköping University in Sweden. She has participated in climate adaptation research and planning in the Baltic Sea region, and has developed climate action strategies and participated in institutional planning for Colleges in the United States.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Science at Oregon State University.

Ariana Chandler

Ariana is a climate activist, and has been working with YouCAN as part of the adult leadership team for three years.  She works as an ESL instructor at OSU and LBCC and has lived in Oregon for 25 years.  She loves hiking, playing music, reading, and working with YouCAN!

James Fox

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