NCEJN Youth Summit Merges Environment, Education, and Action

This Saturday NCEJN will commemorate its 15th Environmental Justice Summit at the Franklinton Center at Bricks. Though known for its engaging community/government panels, academic paper presentations and awards nominations, the EJ Summit also includes a corresponding Youth Summit. During each Summit youth attendees engage in a variety of tasks designed to educate them on a number of environmental and justice oriented issues. The Youth Summit is also a space for youth to hone their skills as leaders in their communities. Last year’s summit welcomed adolescent and teenage youth of color from from across the state. This year NCEJN again welcomes youth from throughout the state as we encourage othem to “Take Note and Take Action” against environmental injustice. With the combined talent our youth and volunteer coordinators, NCEJN looks forward to another unique and fruitful summit.

9:00 – 9:10 am Welcome

9:10 – 9:30 Opening Circle: Introduce Yourselves – All Facilitators

TAKING NOTE

9:30 – 9:45 am Documenting the Day –All Facilitators

9:45 – 10:00 Taking Note of How I’m Doing- Pavithra Vasudevan (UNC)

10:00 – 10:45 NIMBY: Reading the Signs – Courtney Woods (UNC)

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:45 Map My Hood: Community Mapping- Pavithra Vasudevan & Willie Wright ( UNC)

11:45 – 12:45 pm Lunch

TAKING ACTION

1:00 – 1:15 Seed Saving- Willie Wright

12:45 – 1:45 In the Garden- DIG Youth of SEEDS Educational Garden

1:45 – 2:30 Youth Power: DIG Youth & Santos Flores (UNCG & Tierra Negra)

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:45 Artivism = Art + Activism

Movement and Music: Santos Flores

Photo and Film- Courtney Woods

4:00 – 4:15 Closing Circle

4:15 – 4:45 Report to the Adult Summit

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About beauwillie
I’m a kid from the east side of Houston that was rounded out around them Fifth Ward and Third Ward streets, an over thinking doctoral student of geography, and a better man in the making. Currently in the third year of my doctoral studies, my research interests span the gambit of local food/food justice struggles, theoretical and empirical engagements with Black Geographies and other approaches to the study of the Black life, and urban geography as a whole. When conducting research, my methods are overwhelmingly qualitative as a I enjoy using interviews, participant observation, and ethnography to tease out understandings embedded within everyday life. When I’m not blogging (which is often) I’m gardening, hiking, doing solo karaoke, building with my peeps Still Furious and Brave and Burton Family Jewels, and engaging in all forms of tomfoolery.

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