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.
New Voices Summer Institute is an annual 5-week intensive summer program for high school students from schools serving low-income families in Oakland, California. The Institute incorporates hands-on training, expert instruction and one-on-one mentoring to help students gain skills they can use in high school, college and the workplace, and help students grow as effective community environmental and social justice leaders. Throughout the summer, students receive training in research, teamwork, public speaking and civic engagement, and gain valuable experience in community-based advocacy. In addition, students intern with local government agencies and community organizations.
Environmental Justice Fellowship Program
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.
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Life in the flatlands of Oakland, CA can be a struggle. Two former students of Rose Foundation’s New Voices Are Rising program share their stories of how they became advocates for their community calling for environmental and social change in this new video.
“Air Quality Regulators give Truckers more time to meet smog standards” By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
A day after hearing hours of impassioned testimony from a divided trucking industry, California air quality regulators on…
Click here to download: The 2010 Youth for Clean Air Report This report details New Voices Are Rising‘s…
Click here to download: The 2010 Summer Institute Report A report detailing the successes of the 2010 Summer…