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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Environment, Physical & Earth Sciences, Technology, Youth Development

Mission: Earth Force engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future.

Results: At its core, Earth Force is committed to ensuring young people have a platform to be civic actors in their community. We approach our work with a collective impact lens and collaborate in an intentional, mutually beneficial way with local organizations in the communities we serve. When young people are supported by a broad network of support made up of their educators, their local government, local environmental or youth development organizations, invested businesses, and other stakeholders, the possibilities open up and young people gain a much deeper and effective platform for learning. For over 15 years, we worked with Brandeis University's Center for Youth & Communities to externally evaluate our impact on educators and students. Learn more at http://www.earthforce.org/?q=Impact

Target demographics: K-12 youth, educators

Direct beneficiaries per year: 23,000

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: We bring together partners to transform how communities educate and engage young people around environment issues. Together, Earth Force and our partners stimulate opportunities for young people living in low-income communities to engage in real problem solving around environmental issues in their communities. Our approach combines the best of community development with youth civic engagement, service learning and environmental education. The result is national and local networks of organizations that successfully engage youth in civic life. There are three essential elements to our work: 1. Build support and consensus within communities, national organizations and among local leaders 2. Increase the capacity of schools and community-based organizations to effectively engage youth 3. Expand the impact of local programs by coordinating the work of like-minded organizations

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In a world increasingly driven by organizations or initiatives with stylistic visual "packaging", but often lacking in substance, Earth Force rises above the fray with high quality youth programs with long-term impact. Beyond the logos and graphics, which Earth Force does well, one quickly realizes the organization is about the people and community. Earth Force representatives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina have always been there for us as a partner in a regional education consortium. Phone calls like "Can you help us spread the word about summer camp?" to "Can you help gather a youth group for storm drain marking", are always answered with "Yes, we'll be glad to support the effort!" There are no territory issues, no egos, just the work, a spirit of collaboration, and the community goals. In the field of environmental stewardship, it becomes evident that change begins at the community-level, and often youth are the ripples in the pond that impact their families and communities. Earth Force programs reinforce the community ideal and aim at developing a long-term relationship, not just an episodic event, with youth.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Earthforce's KIC NET program utilizes innovative strategies that result in real benefit to its participants.

Opal S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with EarthForce as a volunteer and donor for more than 12 years, and have always been impressed with their ability to engage young people to identify and then address environmental problems in their communities. Youth are empowered to improve the world around them now and gain the problem-solving and advocacy skills they need in the future. EarthForce's innovative model helps people make an immediate impact, but has built-in sustainability.

Donor

Rating: 5

Earth Force is about the things that - in my opinion - make our communities better places to live and give me hope for the future: young people, the environment, youth leadership and service-learning. I support Earth Force so that their service-learning process can continue to create youth leaders who know how to address local issues that are important to them.

Previous Stories
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Donor

Rating: 5

Earth Force is dynamic and inspiring! The service-learning program empowers students and helps them help their communities. It is wonderful to hear the stories of these kids who worked - to start recycling programs or clean-up nearby creeks - and learned through their projects. It enhances their everyday classroom learning with leadership and community connections.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with Earth Force for more than ten years. They lead the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network that is supported by my company, General Motors. This program takes a hands-on approach to environmental education by matching schools with local environmental partner organizations and GM facilities to take students out of their classrooms to study local rivers and streams. EF's expertise and networking in the area of environmental education and service learning is unmatched. In addition, they have somehow mastered the ability to work with us unruly manufacturing- types and mold us into dedicated mentors in the program! They are always willing to work through the problems that come up -- which are many! I am very satisfied with the level of service provided by EF. They are very reliable and is always looking ways to improve our program. Deserving of many kudos! (Full disclosure: I am also a board member.)

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Earth Force 04/24/2012

Thank you so much!