New Voices Are Rising seeks to increase civic participation within under-represented communities, increase young people’s commitment to environmental justice, and reduce air and water pollution that severely impact both human health and the health of the San Francisco Bay. The program helps young people gain the skills and experience in civic engagement that they need to begin to tackle the problems — including environmental health problems — that disproportionately impact their communities.
Two to four students from the Summer Institute are recruited to become New Voices Are Rising Fellows during the school year, giving them the opportunity to pursue environmental justice work in greater depth. The students use the skills they learned and the leadership potential they developed, applying it to community capacity-building and outreach projects with New Voices and program partners focused on reducing toxic exposure, addressing climate change, and increasing competency in low-income communities and communities of color to meaningfully engage in environmental decision-making.
What’s New with New Voices
On March 15, 2019, New Voices joined thousands of youth in California and over a million worldwide in the Youth Climate Strike, a youth-led protest demanding legislative action against the looming threat of climate change.
The number of those affected by disasters is expected to grow in future years due to climate change, creating a long-term need for second responder organizations like our grantee, UpValley Family Centers.
The New Voices Just Breathing air quality monitoring project at Coliseum College Prep Academy has come to a close, with data that reported alarming levels of particulate matter in the school auditorium. Click to read more on this story and the future of environmental restoration.
A new year is a time for celebration with friends and family, as well as a time to reflect and make plans for the year to come. A lot can happen in a year and we plan to make the most of it!
2018 Fall Print Newsletter; celebrating 25 years of defending the forest, planting the seeds and building community.
Thank you to our institutional program funders:
the Bay Area Air Quality Management District
the California EPA
the East Bay Municipal Utilities District
the Metropolitan Transportation Commission
New Resource Bank
the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth
and the Port of Oakland