At Earth Force we believe that getting young people engaged and invested in the environment and in their communities is an essential element of community resilience. We strive to prepare youth to play a meaningful role in how their communities adapt to a rapidly changing environment. To be effective participants, young people need to understand science, be able to apply scientific principles to real world problems, and have the skills to work within our civic systems to lead and foster change efforts.
Our Community Action and Problem-Solving Process helps students master essential classroom content by guiding students as they apply the lessons of the classroom to real-world situations that are relevant to their lives. Those students also develop skills like collaboration, public presentation, and project management that are critical for engaged and life-long environmental citizens.
Earth Force focuses on three programming areas in 52 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada:
Earth Force connects students to local water bodies, creating a real-world learning environment where young people apply biology and chemistry to understand and solve local environmental problems. Throughout their studies, students work with volunteers from corporations, government agencies, and scientific institutions, who provide professional expertise, mentoring, and career connections.
Earth Force addresses sustainability through the lens of school districts. Working with Earth Force gives young people the tools they need to make their schools learning labs for sustainability. Through our program, young people work with a team of school faculty, administrators, corporate sustainability experts, and community-based leaders as they develop a plan to improve efficiency and sustainability within their schools. These programs help schools reach their sustainability goals using the most untapped resource in the school – the students.
Earth Force is working with health agencies to incorporate our approach to youth engagement in their outreach and education programs. These youth play a critical role in developing local projects that ensure communities have access to the healthy foods, green space, and physical activities that are essential to community health.