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  1. 1. North Bay Institute of Green Technology—Youth Green Jobs Fifth-Sun AcademySonoma for Visionary Youth Sometimes Organization Name: North Bay Institute of Green Technology-Youth It falls upon Green Jobs Sonoma (NBIGT-YGJS) A P.O. Box 15183 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 Generation To be Contact Name: Evelina Molina Great... Contact Phone: (707) 236-7335 Contact E-mail: Academia “Quinto-Sol” Executive Directors: Cris Oseguera & Evelina Molina Executive Director Name: Cris Oseguera is dedicated Executive Director Phone: (707) 849-1499 (cell) to Executive Director E-mail: Empowering & Web site: Educating Program/Project Title: NBIGT/Youth Green Jobs – Academia Quinto- A Sol 8-week Summer Green Vocational/Trade Prep Program Great Generation 1. Fiscal Sponsor: Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County – 501(c) of (3) Application has been submitted, EIN Tax Payer Identification Number Visionary issued by State Tax Board & Articles of Incorporation (California State) Youth have been filed as a Non-Profit Corporation. that will lead the way to 2. The Mission of NBIGT: is to provide training, job placement, and Global retention of low-income, unemployed, or underemployed persons for a Environmental career in green collar jobs, to include technologies having to do with Sustainability sustainability in the environment, energy conservation, and green (non- and carbon based) energy production. Economic Equity . Youth Green Jobs Sonoma (YGJS) is a program of NBIGT committed to promoting energy education and awareness, resource conservation, and employment readiness for underserved, in-crisis and at-risk youth for the green collar jobs industry. 3. Conditions in the Community / Statement of Need: In September 2007, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors created the Innovation Council to look ahead at the opportunities and challenges facing our regional economy. In late 2008, the Innovation Council issued its report, stating the following general findings on education, Hispanic youth and workforce development: “Everything we do to the Earth we do to our Bodies. Everything we do to our Bodies we do to the Earth.” – Chamalu Bolivian Shaman
  2. 2. Sonoma County has an acute problem regarding the number of Hispanic students who do not complete high school; the education, business, and Hispanic communities, working alone, have not been able to resolve the problem. • In a recent survey, 66% of major Sonoma County businesses had difficulty finding qualified job applicants. • The current education system does not fully equip students with necessary real world job skills. • Availability of career technical education courses offered in public schools is declining. Currently, only 31% of California high school students possess some limited form of career training by graduation. These conditions pose great challenges to the community-at-large because Hispanics are its fastest growing sector. Moody’s baseline forecast projects that growth in the Hispanic population will be the main driver behind the county’s growth. Hispanics accounted for about 22% of the county’s population in 2006; this share is expected to rise to just shy of 40% by 2030. By 2050, Hispanics will be in the majority. Success of the Sonoma County workforce of the near future will depend on the active productive participation of today’s Hispanic youth. However, as the County of Sonoma’s Strategic Plan points out, “our Hispanic youth population is disproportionately affected by challenges including economic pressure (including poverty), gang activity, and low educational achievement (including high rates of school dropout.” Those who are attending school suffer from poor attendance, disciplinary and or academic problems, making graduation improbable. Others are court-involved, and regularly incarcerated. Hispanic youth graduation rate is 64% compared to the overall Sonoma County graduation rate of 78%. We believe that the emerging countywide effort to address climate change and oil dependence will simultaneously create well-paid green-collar jobs for underserved youth and their families, thereby creating safer streets and healthier communities. NBIGT-YGJS is committed to prepare a skilled workforce to accomplish our collective goals. Proposed Program: Youth Green Jobs Sonoma is a green trade and or vocational “learn by doing” flagship program of NBIGT for under-served, in crisis/at-risk youth and young adults. Our Academia Quinto-Sol/Fifth Sun Academy for Young Visionaries, starting in summer of 2009, is an 8-week summer bridge program for 40-60 youth ages 16-18 years old. The YGJS curriculum is designed to integrate those core subjects with real life tools and utilize hands-on participation in solutions and ideas. Many professionals, organizations and businesses are volunteering to provide exposure and training to the program participants, opening avenues to possible future employment. NBIGT-Youth Green Jobs curriculum will include: • Life-skills training, and a series of comprehensive math and reading skills assessments to determine the students academic needs to move them towards a GED (high school diploma equivalent), thereby enabling them to pursue careers in green industries or enroll in a community college. • Job readiness training, hands-on core classes focused on Energy Efficiency Technology, Alternative Energy Applications, and Environmental Awareness. • Instruction on how to install efficiency hardware and renewable technology in residences in low-income neighborhoods.
  3. 3. • Training and work, youth will participate in their community as Energy Educators to help people conserve energy and learn of new alternative energy resources such as solar & wind power. • Workforce Readiness Pre-Certification; mentoring, tutoring and counseling. Co-founder/Co-executive Director: Cris Oseguera, has been working with individuals and families in Santa Rosa for about 30 years. His love for aiding others began at about age 6 with basic Spanish to English and English to Spanish translations. Despite the many challenges he and his family endured as immigrants, he was able to complete High School, transfer to SRJC and then to Cal State Chico, where he obtained his BA in Psychology. The many job positions he has held with various non-profits include: Youth Liaison, Family and Youth Advocate, Case Manager, and Transitioning Age Youth Advocate respectively. He is the founder of “Xinachtli” a proven successful young man’s cultural identity & empowerment gang prevention program. Co-founder/Co-Executive Director: Evelina Molina, has over a decade of experience as a leader, visionary and community organizer specializing in innovative workforce advocacy and development. She is a 2007 Fellow of the Sonoma County Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, and a recipient of the prestigious San Francisco Foundations’ Koshland Civic Unity Award which recognizes, “Bay Area grassroots risk-takers –those social innovators of bold spirit who accept the most stubborn neighborhood problems as a personal challenge and who work collaboratively to overcome them. Evelina is also the founder of A.L.M.A. of Windsor (Alliance of Mothers Active for Justice); Board member of both The Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County and the Santa Rosa Community Media Center. Geographic Area of Service: Youth Green Jobs Sonoma will serve initially the low-income neighborhoods of Santa Rosa. However, the success of our program will enable us to leverage more resources so that we can expand the model countywide in Sept 2009. Sometimes it falls on a Generation to be Great... Cris Oseguera Co-Executive Director Evelina Molina Co-Executive Director Dedicated to Empowering and Educating “A Great Generation” of Visionary Youth.