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Earth Force, Inc.

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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: 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.

Community Stories

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've got the Earth Force "bug". I had the great fortune of getting to know Chris C., COB at Earth Force. She explained the mission and the programs and proven methodology of their work. Brilliant. I then had the opportunity to learn more from Lisa B., RD. How could anyone dispute the concepts that the earth needs to be cared for and children need to earn and experience responsibility? What a magnificent combination. I also feel like Earth Force has initiated a much needed concept of "uncommon Collaboratives". Teaching our children gives us great hope for the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am president of Family Nature Summits, a 501(c)(3) organization that hosts an annual gathering designed to get folks outdoors, learning about nature, and having fun. Our mission is to foster thoughtful stewardship of the earth. We have teamed up with Earth Force to host five families from underprivileged and under-served communities in the Denver area to take part in our 2012 Family Nature Summit in Estes Park, Colorado. Earth Force's mission is complementary with our own and we are looking forward having the Earth Force families teach us about the ways that Earth Force helps develop future leaders through community based environmental activism.

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Earth Force 04/24/2012

Chris--thank you for the review. We are so excited about the opportunity to engage more families at the Summit! Looking forward to working together more in the future!

Marissa V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Board Member of Greening Forward, I am so thankful for Earth Force. Lisa (CEO) has been absolutely astounding in helping to grow our nonprofit and keep us on the right track financially. I can't thank Earth Force enough for what a great source of mentorship they have been. Not only are they incredibly friendly, but they are extremely professional and do so much good for our communities. I definitely recommend them to all of my friends!

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Earth Force 04/24/2012

Thanks, Marissa! Working with Greening Forward is a pleasure and we're constantly impressed by your hard work. Thank you for the support!