Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy

What is it?

New Voices Summer Academy

 

The Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy (Summer Academy) is a six-week long program where high school-aged youth take a deep dive into local environmental justice issues, building their leadership, advocacy, and organizing skills along the way.

It has been a dream of New Voices supporters, students, and program staff to expand this program throughout the Bay Area. This year, we are making it happen! In addition to 12 high school students of color who are joining us from Oakland, we are welcoming 12 students from frontline communities across the Bay Area. Six Academy alums are also coming back as youth POD (Peer on Duty) Leaders to mentor our first-year students. In total, 30 youth will participate in the 2021 Summer Academy — our largest cohort yet!

Qin and Andrea, 2021 Summer Academy Youth Co-Coordinators, "When New Voices youth work together, we are able to use our collective power to achieve climate justice."

Program Details

Summer Academy ExperimentsEach week of our Academy, Summer Academy participants will learn about a different climate justice theme — from air pollution, to food justice, to energy. Their learning will be brought to life through rich and engaging activities, including:

  • hands-on experiments
  • virtual tours
  • discussions with guest speakers
  • externships with partner organizations in their communities

 

We will also host two special events – the Youth Poetry Slam and Community Summit – where our 30 youth leaders will be able to share their voices, stories, and learnings with our community.

Summer Academy participants enjoy produce box deliveries from a local urban farmTo address potential barriers for students participating in the program, we are providing each student with an iPad and internet connectivity. This technology will allow our students to engage in online learning, group activities, digital organizing, and more. We are also partnering with local community farms to provide weekly boxes of fresh locally-grown produce and home garden kits to students and their families.

Through these experiences and more, New Voices youth from across the Bay Area will enjoy a summer of connecting, learning, acting, and leading for a climate just future!

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THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS AND PARTNERS

Austin and Lauren Fite Foundation

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

California Air Resources Board

California Environmental Protection Agency

Department of Pesticide Regulation

Department of Toxic Substances Control

East Bay Community Foundation

East Bay Municipal Utilities District

Landray/MacLane Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Patagonia

Port of Oakland

Stupski Foundation

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