TransCenter for Youth, Inc. is pleased to announce that its “green school” Escuela Verde will receive the 2014 Earthguard Award from the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education. The award will be presented at the 37th Annual Awards Banquet, “A Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education” on November 8th in Madison.
The Earthguard Award recognizes student leadership in developing and conducting outstanding environmental action projects. Escuela Verde’s students explore their urban environment every day by designing and implementing learning projects while advancing academic skills and meeting state standards to advance their Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin certification. The Escuela Verde student body will be recognized for their Youth Participatory Eco-Justice Action Project.
The Youth Participatory Eco-Justice Action Project requires students to choose an eco-justice issue they are passionate about in their communities, come up with an idea of how to address it, and take action. They must measure the impact of their action, reflect, and present their findings. Their projects combine service learning, ecopedagogical praxis, youth participatory action research, and the dissertation process.
Examples of exemplary projects include:
- How does modeling raptivisim affect youth perspective on themselves and their community?
- In what ways does Mexican American cultural identity affect the influence for healthy living on the South Side of Milwaukee?
- In what ways do people’s perceptions about bats affect their interests, knowledge and actions towards the well-being of this mammal?
- In what ways can alternative forms of transportation like biking affect the well-being of neighborhoods and the environment?
Escuela Verde, a charter school authorized by the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee is currently located in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood and enrolls youth grades 7-12. Escuela Verde implements the EdVisions student-centered, project-based academic model and focuses on education for sustainability and social justice.
“Young people in Milwaukee are hungry for education that means something. With a graduation rate of 62% in 2012, Milwaukee’s youth need to see the relevance of completing high school. At Escuela Verde, we are committed to doing just that. We offer young people a culture of sustainability and peace based on cooperation,” said Escuela Verde Advisory Joey Zocher. “Our students take risks, develop collaboration skills, and are working to become future leaders for a more sustainable world.”
To learn more about TransCenter for Youth and Escuela Verde, please visit www.transcenterforyouth.org.