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.
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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
Our movement was built on the legacy and leadership of Black activists fighting for clean air, water, and soil. Head to this month’s E-News to join us in celebrating Black History Month, find out how New Voices Fellow David’s soil testing project, meet Ms. Margaret Gordon – founder of our partner West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, and so much more.
“As this year’s Food Justice Fellow, I am trying to increase the accessibility of fresh and healthy food in communities with barriers to accessing them.” Click here to find out how our New Voices Fellow David is helping Oakland youth grow food justice, starting with soil testing!
“Democracy is not a state. It is an act.” – Congressman John Lewis
Don’t miss this month’s E-News to find out about how Rose stands for democracy and community and get some good news from the grassroots! Read it here!
Check out this month’s E-News to find out what 27 years of building grassroots power & community resilience looks like! Plus, find out about our Fall Newsletter, meet our Board of Directors, & find out all the places Frankie visited in 2020!
This year’s Fall Newsletter has just arrived, bringing you news and views from the grassroots!
We hope that like us, you find inspiration in these stories showcasing how grassroots leaders all over the country…
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