Xiuhtezcatl envisions RYSE as a platform designed to empower youth to become climate leaders, train their peers, organize actions, and create a cascade of youth leadership across the globe. Guided by a Wisdom Council of seasoned activists and movement-builders—and along with the diverse 15-person RYSE Youth Council— Xiuhtezcatl is developing a model for widespread youth-led climate action

2015 Peace First Prize Award

2015 Nickolodean Halo Award

2014 Peace Prize First Award Finalist

2014 Brower Award FInalist

2013 Presidential Youth Council member

2013 Young Indigenous Warriors Award

2013 Youth Outreach Advisory Board (YOAB) Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Community Service

2013 International Giraffe Award

2013 Presidential United States Volunteer of the Year Award

2013 Indigenous Youth Environmental Activist Award

2012 International Eco Award

2012 Peace Maker of the Year Award

2012 Earth Savers Eco Award

2012 Peace Maker of the Year Award

2012 YOAB Certificate for Outstanding Community Service


Real Change begins with us. 

Awards & Recognition



Earth Guardians Third Generation

A 15-year-old indigenous change agent, environmental activist, public speaker, eco hip-hop artist, and the Youth Director of Earth Guardians – Xiuhtezcatl is a powerful voice on the front lines of the youth-led climate movement.

He performs internationally at music festivals, organizes demonstrations, and has spoken at over 100 high-impact rallies, events and conferences around the globe. He and his brother, Itzcuauhtli, regularly give school presentations to ignite and inspire youth to step up as leaders and take action on behalf of the planet.

In 2013, Xiuhtezcatl received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Obama, and was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the President's youth council. 


Youth Director of Earth Guardians