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Youth Can Be
• Presenter:
Charles Orgbon, Greening Forward CEO
• What does youth voice and youth leadership in environmental
education really mean?
• How do we get young people interested in environmental
issues and careers?
• Your Location
• Your Profession
What Defines Youth?
• Youth Service America: 5-25 years old
• Funder/Partner Eligibility
Roger Hart’s Ladder of Youth Voice
Diagram was Adapted by DePaul University
Classroom Applications
Can youth drive the education process?  Youth Voice
Indicators Checklist
Youth Voice Evaluation
Adult/Youth Partnership Self-Assessment
Source: Champion, F. (1999). Service learning. Educational Psychology Interactive.
Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University.
• An increase of self-esteem;
• A sense of empowerment by participating in community service where they
are needed, valued, and respected;
• Improved citizenship as a result of active engagement in community life;
• A heightening the student's desire to learn through their experience.
• A heightened sense of personal and social responsibility;
• More positive attitudes toward adults;
• More active exploration of careers;
• Enhanced self-esteem;
• Growth in moral ego development;
• More complex pattern of thoughts; and
• Greater mastery of skills and content.
Environmental Leadership Hierarchy
Inspiring others to become active stakeholders in the environmental
movement is powerful. This can be done through advocacy, service,
activism, and philanthropy.
for Positive
Advocacy & Public Policy
Greater Good
Personal and
Established Laws of
Environmental Policy
Matters of public and safety belong at this level. These are
people and organizations who often choose to pay an up-front
cost, but also believe that cost’s impact on the community
justifies the expense. Examples include sustainable agriculture,
installing solar panels, and purchasing a hybrid vehicle. Even
carbon offsets belong here.
Many people are environmental leaders at some level. This
level describes the everyday people who choose to run a full
load of laundry, use mass transit, and purchase energy-saving
light bulbs.
This level describes individuals and organizations who actually
follow the regulatory rules and policies of the government.
Those who disregard these conventions completely and
deserve no place on the environmental leadership spectrum.
This level is at the bottom because these individuals and
organizations are being told to obliged, however, there is still a
choice involved. That choice is a form of environmental
leadership. Examples of leadership include not littering or
illegal burning and dumping.
What’s Your Audience
• Revisit key parts of the program
• Get outsider input
• Young Environmentalists Network
Greening Forward
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Greening Forward Grants
Non-point source pollution such as stormwater poses the most significant
threat to the ecological quality and integrity of our nation’s waterways. Here
are 2 ways we can help:
• 10 x $1,400 Grants to Support Stream Monitors:
– Stream monitoring is one way that youth groups can help their municipal, county, state,
and federal governments in receiving data that they can use to better address the needs
of our waterways. Moreover, this grant intentionally funds composting bins and rain
barrels which each play a role in intercepting and minimizing stormwater.
• 10 x $1,400 Grants to Support School Rain Gardens:
– Rain gardens serve a meaningful role in intercepting stormwater by capturing and filtering
pollutants before they reach our sensitive waterways. Moreover, this grant intentionally
funds composting bins and rain barrels which each play a role in intercepting and
minimizing stormwater.
Greening Forward is looking to empower 10 youth groups across the country to
do environmental problem-solving in each of these issue area. Apply before
September 25th at 12am EST and contact Marissa Vessels at
[email protected] you have any questions. Grants will be
distributed by November 1st.
Thanks for Joining Us
Charles Orgbon, CEO, Greening Forward
[email protected]