UCS Student Among 2019 International Young Eco-Hero Award Winners
UCS Student Among 2019 International Young Eco-Hero Award Winners
Posted on 09/04/2019
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Trinity Favazza, a Utica Community Schools seventh grader, is one of the sixteen young environmental activists from across the globe honored by Action For Nature as a 2019 Young Eco-Hero, an award that recognizes eco-conscious youth aged 8 to 16 for their creative initiatives aimed at tackling the world’s critical environmental challenges. 

Favazza, who attends Malow Junior High School, received the Third Place award in the 8-12 age category for her work to raise social awareness for amphibians and social wetland conservation. Favazza designed frog fact cards to share on social media and cataloged frog field data. She has also served as Mayor of Amphibiville for the Detroit Zoo for three years since winning an essay competition. 

“I want to inspire young people like me to help save our beautiful world and all of the creatures in it – especially amphibians,” said Favazza.

Favazza is one of the youngest certified members of FrogWatch, a citizen science program of the American Zoological Association. Through FrogWatch, she shares her scientific findings to assist local and national scientists with frog breeding data collection. She is also a guest contributor for Frog Log Magazine’s junior/youth section which is a program of the Amphibian Survival Alliance. 

Favazza’s love of frogs started when she would explore the woods and wetlands with her father at a young age. Today, through her social media outreach, Favazza is reaching an international audience, and found that many people have a limited understanding of frogs and the efforts to stop frog spearing.  

The winners will accept their awards and discuss their projects at the 2019 International Young Eco-Heroes Conference streamed live from Google’s San Francisco offices on September 14. Participants will discuss their award-winning projects and take questions from the audience via social media using the hashtag #2019EcoHeroAwards.

 Awarded annually, winners of the International Young Eco-Hero Award are selected by a panel of independent judges, including experts in environmental science, biology, and education. For the past fifteen years, the International Young Eco-Hero Awards have honored global youth aged 8 to 16 who are taking important steps to solve tough environmental problems. Since 2003, Action for Nature has recognized more than 267 young people from over 28 countries and 29 U.S. states. 

To view Trinity Gavazza’s submission video and learn more about the Young Eco-Hero Awards, visit