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
A few months ago, we all found ourselves having to make a fast and huge adjustment for our collective health and safety. For New Voices, this shift came at the height of our planning for the 2020 Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy – a program that has always been in-person and hands-on. Find out how we reimagined our successful and entirely virtual 2020 Summer Academy!
Check out this month’s E-News to find out about our 2020 Film Fest, Jada’s Oakland Tree Planting, Flooding & Green Infrastructure in NOLA, our recent online Puget Fund Grants Workshop focusing at the intersection of equity and water quality, and so much more!
Check out this month’s E-News to find out about our successful community summit, learn about grantees protecting privacy & promoting racial justice from facial recognition technology, meet A/V & Tech Support Jeremy Allen, and so much more!
Air quality “is an important issue we need to focus on. While being in this program, we have gotten to learn more about what’s happening in our local environment” and with the air we breathe. -Trinity, New Voices 2020 Summer Academy Participant.
Catch up with Trinity and Ada, Academy participants, to find out what they learned about in the program!
Don’t miss this month’s E-News, where you can join the Connect The Dots Conversation, catch up with New Voices Summer Academy students, meet Kylie & Perla from the Rose Team, celebrate 10 years of 4-stars, and so much more!
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