Great Lakes Literacy: Telling Our Story

Guest Post by Ashley Miller Helmholdt, SEMIS Website and Newsletter Content Contributor The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS Coalition) started out their school year focused on the history of place and its connection to literature and the larger Great Lakes. One of the major focus areas was working with schools to tell their personal story and the[…]

What Motivates Someone to Protect Our Environment?

This week a peer shared a recent New York Times article with me that got me thinking. The premise of the piece questions what drives people to be concerned about our environment. When I asked my coworkers why they cared about our environment, they said things like “It’s the basis of all of society. Without[…]

Walking the Youth Engagement Walk

Last week, Earth Force staff shared some youth engagement tools that can freshen up the way you work with young people. This week, we’re helping others walk the ‘youth engagement walk’ with strategies to authentically engage youth in your work and in your community. Asking for a Young Person’s Perspective: Many times we forget that[…]

KIC-NET Program Flourishes In and Out of the Water

Last Fall, our Keep It Clean – Neighborhood Environmental Trios (KIC-NET) program, which aims to improve water quality by offering educational opportunities to schools located near parks with waterways, expanded to Albuquerque, NM. The Middle Rio Grande was chosen as one of three pilot watershed-based stormwater permit pilots nationwide, which made the community ripe for[…]

Catch Up with Earth Force at the Green Schools National Network conference

The Green Schools National Network conference is fast approaching. The largest gathering of green schools advocates will descend upon Virginia Beach, VA, on March 4-6, 2015. During the conference, there will be two opportunities to engage with Earth Force: Fostering Powerful Green School Networks through Collective Impact & Youth Engagement Weaving Networks and Building Partnership[…]

The Importance of Storytelling

Earlier this year, GSK committed $500,000 to the Youth-Driven Healthy Recreation Centers Collective, an innovative 18-month partnership supported by a GSK IMPACT Grant and led by LiveWell Colorado. The partnership between GSK and eight nonprofits, including Earth Force, engages youth in three Northeast Denver recreation centers as change agents for a healthier community in NE[…]

Successful Colorado Gives Day for Earth Force and Others

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters who contributed to Earth Force during Colorado Gives Day. In total, we raised $15,245! The money raised will go to supporting young people as environmental leaders in their community through programs addressing watershed education, school sustainability, and healthy eating and active living. Overall, Colorado Gives Day raised[…]

What Makes You Thankful?

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I asked our staff to reflect on what about Earth Force made them feel thankful. Here’s what they had to say: I am thankful that I get to work with and learn from so many amazing people who are committed to the future of young people and our communities. –[…]