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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Nate is a New Voices Are Rising Fellow and will soon join a cohort of 15 other students for our Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy. Nate needs your help to raise $15,000 to support youth leaders this summer.
Join New Voices Are Rising Thursday June 2nd from 6:30-8:30PM at the Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter Auditorium in Oakland for a Plan Bay Area Open House, where we will discuss the challenges of land use and future population growth.
Last summer New Voices Are Rising collaborated with five environmental justice programs to give Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy students an in-depth look at what it means to be a leader for environmental health in their community.
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!