New Voices Are Rising
New Voices Are Rising strives to develop young leaders, especially in
low-income communities and communities of color in Alameda and Contra
Costa Counties. These same communities are often under-represented in policy making forums
and under-served by public policy. The project helps young people gain
the skills and experience in civic engagement that they need to begin to
tackle the problems – including environmental health problems – that disproportionately impact their communities.
The project seeks to increase civic participation within under-represented communities, increase young people’s commitment to environmental justice, and reduce air and water pollution that severely impact both human health and the health of the San Francisco Bay.