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
Mission: Earth Force engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future.
Results: Earth Force engages young people through their educators. In 2016, Earth Force trained and supported 395 educators in 215 schools to reach 28,999 young people. Our programs focus primarily on middle school students and their educators. Participating educators use our award winning Community Action and Problem-Solving Process that guides young people through a scientific progression of discovery and decision making to identify an environmental issue, determine the root cause of that problem, and then use community engagement strategies to bring about changes to local policy and practice to alleviate the problem. Earth Force combines mastery experiences and hands-on application to engage students in high quality applied learning experiences. Participating students are asked to apply learning from the classroom to problems they have discovered in their communities. This technique is a key element of learning to be problem solvers.
Target demographics: K-12 youth, educators
Direct beneficiaries per year: 28,999
Geographic areas served: United States
Programs: We develop young people with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to solve tough environmental problems. Earth Force does this by providing educators with the training and support they need to create an engaging, hands-on classroom that empowers students to solve environmental problems. Earth Force has a long history of developing materials and preparing educators to facilitate youth-led action projects as a part of their science course. Educators have guided students as they have leveraged data collection and field experience to launch systemic efforts that protected local nature preserves, convinced school systems to install water bottle filling stations, and installed hundreds of small green infrastructure projects.
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.
Earth Force has a strategic vision to enable communities and partners to engage in their youth via proven process and training. Through this engagement we have seen outstanding results in confidence, leadership and engagement in the participating students!