What is it?
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!
Each 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.
To 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!
THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS AND PARTNERS
Austin and Lauren Fite Foundation
Landray/MacLane Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation