New Voices Are Rising

Students from the 2016 Summer Institute planting a tree at Oakland’s Street Academy

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.


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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Support A New Voice for Oakland Help Us Raise $15K by June 27th

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.

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Join New Voices For Plan Bay Area 2040 Open House June 2 | MetroCenter Auditorium 101

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.

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Voices of Oakland New Voices Are Rising

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.

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Meet Our Fellows At Our Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour April 30 | Sweet's Ballroom

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!

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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!

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