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.
Meet our Fellows for the 2019-2020 School Year
|Anthony — Organizing Fellow— is a recent graduate of Oakland High School, and now attends Berkeley City College. Growing up in East Oakland, he understands first hand the amount of environmental injustices present in communities of color. Passionate about community building and food justice, Anthony joined New Voices are Rising to learn more about the environmental injustices in Oakland, and how he can be a part of the solution.|
|David — Program, Development, and Communications Fellow — currently attends Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy. David knows and understands the importance of youth engagement in the climate fight. David is most excited to “learn all about how we can help other youth orgs” so youth can continue leading the climate fight.|
|Emilia — East Oakland Air Quality Fellow — is currently a senior at Oakland Technical High School. With a passion for community, Emilia is most excited to “gain more experience working in environmental justice, but also to find ways I can help my community.” As the East Oakland AiR Quality Fellow, she is passionate about ensuring better air quality for her East Oakland community.|
|Michelle — Organizing Fellow — currently attends the Oakland Military Institute (OMI) and hopes to continue working on improving air quality in Oakland and working more on helping to get more community members involved in activism. Continuing to work with New Voices for her second year, Michelle created OMI’s Green Club which engages youth in environmental activism and education. Still passionate about air quality and pollution, Michelle pointed out that, “even though we live in different communities or neighborhoods, pollution knows no boundaries and bad air quality seeps out to surrounding areas.” Michelle added that it is shocking to hear that more people don’t advocate for better air quality in the Bay Area.|