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 Academy is an annual 6-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.
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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Buying a ticket to our April 30th Film Fest will support our New Voices Are Rising Program and emerging environmental leaders like Jennifer! Meet our Fellows and join us for an evening of inspiring short films in Oakland. Buy your tickets today!
Transportation Agencies to Study Environmental and Health Impacts of New Freight-Hauling Projects and Protect Low-Income Communities By Jean Tepperman, East Bay Express
Congrats to New Voices and Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative for working with Alameda County to pass a goods movement plan that will protect residents from environmental hazards along transit routes. Click here to learn more about this victory!
Our friends at DDDC released Making a Good Move for Health: A Health Impact Assessment of Select Strategies in the Alameda County Goods Movement Plan. Read it and learn all about freight transport planning and community health in Alameda County.
Our New Voices Fellows recently participated in a workshop about the health impacts of trucks, trains, and ships moving cargo through Alameda County. Their ideas about protecting communities from pollution will help shape the County Goods Movement Plan. Head to Facebook for photos!
New Voices Are Rising youth headed to Calaveras County to help restore the Mokelumne River. Youth and volunteers helped spread mulch, build simple water dissipaters, and add seed to repair damage to the watershed that took place in last summer’s tragic Butte Fire. Visit Facebook for photos!