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Young Leaders for Environmental Justice 2016 IDRA

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Young Leaders for Environmental Justice 2016 IDRA

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Young people informing their community about environmental problems, presenting about their experiences with dual credit classes in high school, and organizing field trips to a local college – all of these are aspects of leadership modeled by youths from neighborhoods that outsiders often claim don’t value education. This group of 20 youths launched a campaign to inform the community and to present testimony to the city council and the county commissioners on the issue of environmental justice.

See the related article, “Youths in Action – Intergenerational Leadership,” by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed. at: http://budurl.com/IDRAnlMy16a

Young people informing their community about environmental problems, presenting about their experiences with dual credit classes in high school, and organizing field trips to a local college – all of these are aspects of leadership modeled by youths from neighborhoods that outsiders often claim don’t value education. This group of 20 youths launched a campaign to inform the community and to present testimony to the city council and the county commissioners on the issue of environmental justice.

See the related article, “Youths in Action – Intergenerational Leadership,” by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed. at: http://budurl.com/IDRAnlMy16a

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Young Leaders for Environmental Justice 2016 IDRA

  1. 1. Youth In ActionYoung people informing their community about environmental problems, presenting about their experiences with dual credit classes in high school, and organizing field trips to a local college – all of these are aspects of leadership modeled by youths from neighborhoods that outsiders often claim don’t value education. This group of 20 youths launched a campaign to inform the community and to present testimony to the city council and the county commissioners on the issue of environmental justice. See the related article, “Youths in Action – Intergenerational Leadership,” by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed. at: http://budurl.com/IDRAnlMy16a
  2. 2. Young leaders help collect trash in the neighborhood
  3. 3. Young leaders went to the sources of the noxious gasses plaguing their communities Checking out the water treatment plant that is creating bad odors for their neighborhoods are Bricieda Cosino, Victor Molina, Yajaira Gonzalez, Noah Santana, Andrea Guzman, Ariss Cosino, Ramiro Salas, Abril Cosino and Alejandro Salas.
  4. 4. Young leaders met with the sanitation department They collaborated to have more comprehensive trash and garbage pick-up in the colonias
  5. 5. Young leaders planned community activities
  6. 6. Their plan included house visits, talking with parents and presenting to city councils and county commissioners Yajaira Gonzalez, Bricieda Cosino and Yajaira Gonzalez present their plan to their peers and ARISE families.
  7. 7. The Odor Log This instrument was used to record the responses of families affected by the stagnant water and the sewer plant.
  8. 8. Planning more environmental justice activities
  9. 9. “Do you ever notice a foul odor around South Tower?” Flier used to inform the community
  10. 10. Surveying their community Ariss Cocino and Ramona Casas conduct a survey with colonia residents and disseminate information about the environmental pollution in the neighborhood.
  11. 11. Appealing to the Alamo City Council Bricieda Cosino, Andrea Guzman, Lizbeth Ramos, Abril Cosino, Yajaira Gonzalez, Ariss Cosino and Lupita Perez present findings and make requests of the elected officials.
  12. 12. Another city council presentation Young, courageous advocates for healthy communities.
  13. 13. Continuing to help keep public spaces clean
  14. 14. Intercultural Development Research Association Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, President & CEO 5815 Callaghan Road, Suite 101 San Antonio, Texas 78228 210-444-1710 • contact@idra.org www.idra.org Ensuring that educational opportunity and success for all students are guaranteed Subscribe to get IDRA news

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