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OUR TRANSFORMATIVE

JUSTICE EDUCATION

"... Education was about the practice of Freedom."
- bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the practice

With our environmental justice and climate education programming, we help students develop the tools, skill sets and practices that empower them to tackle climate change and pressing environmental issues on their own communities. 

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Our justice curricula is unique in that it:

It was recognized by the NYC Department of Education's Office of Sustainability as a key Environmental Justice Resource. 

Supports School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programming and Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) so students can learn green professional skills while staying on track for graduation. 

​Provide avenues for educators to localize our lessons via profiles, locational directories, and more, so that learners can more fully relate to teachings.

Directly funds, mentors, and provides environmental-justice related working and organizational opportunities for youth-led action and leadership. 

Has resulted in increased educational outcomes, student engagement, community development, and over 3,500 young climate warriors. 

Since 2019, we have been listening to teachers, students, organizers, and activists interested in promoting climate awareness to create a blended learning experience for classroom needs.

 

As such, we follow the HILL Pedagogies for liberatory and justice-oriented education, which reflects the histories, victories, and struggles of Black, Indigenous and Communities of Color so that all students can see themselves in our environmental justice and food justice lessons. 

After working closely with select schools, community spaces, and programs in New York City, we have developed our Curriculum Suite — an online repository of our lesson plans, activities, teacher trainings, and more that create politically conscious, accessible learning hubs — so that you can revolutionize your school!

Transforming Classrooms: 
Queens Community House

Start:Empowerment partnered with The Connected Chef to implement their Food Justice curricula in Queens Community House. S:E developed foundational lesson plans on topics such as racism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, land access, and how they can impact community member's access to food. 

12 elementary school students witnessed urban agriculture in action during a field trip to the Connected Chef. Applying their newfound experiential knowledge, the students created a community garden at PS149 and MS210 at Queens Community House where they harvested microgreens and distributed the produce amongst themselves. 

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Are You Interested In...

Curriculum recognized by the NYC Department of Education's Office of Sustainability as a key Environmental Justice Resource for classrooms?

Curriculum that is tried and tested by frontline grassroots groups and on-the-ground educators for its content?

Curriculum that gives back to community and youth-led organizing projects?

Curriculum that has positively contributed to climate awareness of 3,800 students and counting? 

If so, what are you waiting for?

Explore subscribtions to our Curriculum Suite to get these materials for your classroom today!

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Our School Partners

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College and Career

Lab

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Environmental Studies Department

Human Rights

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