December 19, 2017

The Alliance for Student Action

The Alliance for Student Action is a group of organizations that
support and/or promote youth-led civic action in education.

Earth Force offers Train-the-Trainer workshops to environmental nonprofits, government agencies, school districts, and others working with formal and informal educators. Our workshops provide extensive training in action civics, environmental investigation, student-led learning, and the Community Action and Problem Solving Process.

Participants can expect to:

  • Learn the critical skills necessary for supporting community organizations and educators in integrating student-led civic action into their educational experiences
  • Develop an implementation plan that can be put into action following the training
  • Receiving on-going support from Earth Force networks and staff

Annual Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Environmental Action Congress

Join Earth Force to learn how to incorporate student-led civic action into local environmental education programming. This annual workshop provides hands-on training in action civics and environmental investigation through Earth Force’s Community Action & Problem Solving Process. This powerful six-step Process can enhance project-based learning, cultivate more authentic youth-adult partnerships, and empower students and educators to create meaningful change in their communities. Participants of the Environmental Action Congress will learn the six steps, be introduced to effective tools and resources to implement and train others in the Process, model and practice key activities, and learn about challenges and successes from mentors. Additionally, conference participants will have the opportunity to broaden their peer network in the Alliance for Student Action and develop a plan for integration and/or facilitation of the Process with ongoing support from Earth Force.

Interested in attending or have questions?
Please contact Alyssa McConkey

Earth Force offers other ways to get involved as well.  Contact us for more information.

“Connecting with Earth Force has accelerated and focused our organization’s transition to action-outcomes  in our direct (and indirect) programming for local students in upper elementary through high school. We are working with several divisions recently making commitments to systemic PBL; the Earth Force emphasis on youth voice and decision-making has helped us make more powerful coaching suggestions to the teachers we work with on the environmental PBL units. We appreciate that while Earth Force is its own method, many of its components mesh well with other student-centered methodologies, thus increasing its relevance to our local school divisions and its priorities. Lastly, thinking about action as also engaging with power and policy was new to our organization; Earth Force’s examples have given us a way to think about how to incorporate this component in student programs. We look forward to continued collaboration and learning (and action) on behalf of an active citizenry and a thriving planet.” –Elise Shefield, Boxerwood Education Association


The following organizations have attended the Environmental Action Congress:

Friends of the Rouge (MI)

Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (MI)

Saginaw Children’s Zoo (MI)

City of Wentzville (MO)

EcoSpark (Ontario)

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (Ontario)

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (OH)

Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center (MI)

Bay Sail (MI)

Boxerwood Education Association (VA)

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers (NY)

Inland Seas Education Association (MI)

Tennessee Environmental Council (TN)

Leslie Science & Nature Center

City of Bowling Green (KY)

Discovery PLACE (MI)

Alice Ferguson Foundation (MD)

NOAA Environmental Science Training Center (MD)

Youth Environmental Action Summit (MD)

Washington College Center for Environment & Society (MD)

Carrefour Jeunesse (Ontario)

Brock University (Ontario)

Michigan Tech University (MI)

Inside Education (Alberta)

Mass Audubon (MA)

Clear Lake Education Center (MI)

Field Museum (IL)

Environmental Education Association of Illinois (IL)

Experience Learning (WV)

National Wildlife Federation, Mid-Atlantic (MD)

Maryland Association of Environmental & Outdoor Education (MD)

TLC Education (PA)

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (PA)

Friends of the Rappahannock (VA)

Hood College – Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (MD)

Nature Conservancy in Delaware (DE)

Pickering Creek Audubon Center (MD)

Alvernia University (PA)

Stroud Water Research Center (PA)

Montgomery County Public Schools Environmental Education Dept (MD)

Pipes and Precipitation (MI)

Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (AZ)

Keep Austin Beautiful (TX)

Dream in Green (FL)

Kentucky State University, Watershed Research & Extension (KY)

Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KY)

Eastern Kentucky University Division of Natural Areas (KY)

Heart Force, CIRES (CO)

Brightways Learning (MT)

Chicago Park District (IL)

Mountain Studies Institute (CO)

Prince George County Schools (MD)

National Aquarium Baltimore (MD)

Otsego County Conservation Association (NY)

Elizabeth River Project (VA)
Watershed Education Network (MT)

Sanitation District 1 (KY)

Everglades Foundation (FL)

Wisconsin Sea Grant (WI)