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
Grantees Adapting to the Pandemic, New Voices Goes Remote, Take the Grassroots Challenge, and so much more!
New Voices Stands for Housing Justice, Just Cities & Ron Dellums’ Legacy, Farewell to Megan Mubaraki, and so much more!
Nuestro programa de New Voices Are Rising ha permanecido auténtico desde sus orígenes – trabajando con estudiantes para proteger la calidad del aire de Oakland. Recientemente, lxs estudiantes han promovido y defendido aire limpio a través del proceso estatal AB617. AB617 es un proyecto de ley de la asamblea del estado de California, firmado en 2017, diseñado para fomentar más participación de la comunidad en la reducción de los niveles y las exposiciones a la contaminación del aire con el fin de mejorar la salud pública.
January E: News Ringing in the New Year, Rose Goes to Washington, Oakland Air Quality Update, and more!
Ringing in the New Year, Rose Goes to Washington, Oakland Air Quality Update, and more! 100,000 Thank Yous: Here’s to a New Year & New Decade of Powering Up the Grassroots!
Read this article to see New Voices students provide public comment at BAAQMD and CARB meetings and find out about success, challenges, and budding partnerships to address toxic air quality in West and East Oakland.
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