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Centreville Elementary School featured in National Wildlife Federation

Top 10 Eco-Schools, Centreville Elementary, Centreville, Virginia, June 2017

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“Eco-Schools USA engages school communities from coast to coast and from cities to rural communities in creating and implementing healthy solutions for sustainable education. In recognition of the incredible efforts for wildlife protection, sustainability, and environmental education across the nation, National Wildlife Federation is recognizing America’s Top 10 Eco-Schools… Centreville Elementary has earned not one but two Green Flags, showing dedication to multiple facets of sustainable environmental education. Since its work with Eco-Schools USA has commenced, the school has reduced its energy use by 20 percent and has expanded its outdoor learning classrooms that are now home to a wide variety of life: praying mantises, ladybugs, bees, spiders and butterflies, goldfinches and bluebirds.

Read the whole article, Top 10 Eco-Schools, Centreville Elementary, Centreville, Virginia, here.

Learn more about Centreville Elementary School’s project, Farmer’s Market, here.

Adam Rubin featured in Forbes

How To Find Your Passion: 7 Steps You Can Take Today, June 2017

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“Type “how to find your passion” into Google and you’ll get 29.9 million results in .9 seconds. I’d argue “find your passion” is one of the most talked about yet most misunderstood terms out there. It’s constantly thrown around as a buzz phrase and it’s on the cover of countless self-help books, yet the search for passion never seems to end. Pursuing your passion terrifies most people. It’s the proverbial fork in the road between following a dream or being “realistic.” However, science tells us that having a passion can increase our overall satisfaction with life, making us happier and less stressful people. So why is passion so elusive? I asked one cofounder who seems to have the passion predicament sorted. He travels the world empowering disadvantaged youth with the tools to reach their full potential.”

Read the whole article, How To Find Your Passion: 7 Steps You Can Take Today, here.

Learn more about Adam Rubin’s project, RENEW, here.

Molly Beth Rice featured in Journal Star

Journal StarCommunity garden sows the seeds of peace in Peoria, June 2017

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” Recently, Molly Rice’s backyard has become the site of a lot of dirt dumping, watermelon planting and tie-dying parties. She and her family are starting a community garden at 1116 and 1118 NE Glendale Ave., and they’ve invited the whole neighborhood to help. Rice said the inspiration to start a garden came after the house next door became the site of two drive-by shootings and arson in June 2016. “They got in a gang fight with the wrong gang for this neighborhood,” Rice said of the house’s previous owner. “I got all the kids up and had them sleep on the floor (the night of the shootings).” After that, Rice’s daughter wanted to make a “peace garden” to bring some happiness back to the North Valley. The Rice family decided to acquire the lot that was the site of the shootings and the arson, as well as two more lots, and has since planted a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.”

Read the whole article, Community garden sows the seeds of peace in Peoria, here.

Learn more about Molly Beth Rice’s project, Good Soil for the Peoria North End Urban Garden, here.

Steve Barr featured in Philanthropy Journal News

Philanthropy_Journal_logoUsing Art and Humor to Heal, June 2017

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” Pediatric patients often feel overwhelmed by the strict daily regimens they go through as they battle challenging medical conditions. This can result in these children feeling they have no control over their circumstances and very little joy in their day to day life. Drawn to Help, a national nonprofit based out of Columbus, North Carolina, was created to give these children a feeling of more control and help them find a creative escape from their daily battles, allowing them to laugh and heal along the way. A few years ago, cartoonist Steve Barr was devastated when a close friend’s son was diagnosed with Leukemia. Throughout her son’s treatment, the friend saw the impact art programs had on children in treatment facilities. She suggested that Barr develop similar programs, sharing his love of cartooning with children in hospitals. Steve began Drawn to Help after a few visits to local hospitals. Through word-of-mouth, the cartoon drawing classes spread rapidly. Within the first two years, the program reached multiple hospitals and camps for children fighting challenging diseases. The organization’s volunteers now include such comic and comic book artists as: Al Bigley (DC/Marvel), Tom Bancroft (Disney), Guy Gilchrist (“Nancy,” “The Muppets,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Greg Cravens (Creator of “The Buckets” comic strip).”

Read the whole article, Using Art and Humor to Heal, here.

Learn more about Steve Barr’s project, Cartoon Classes for pediatric patients, here.

Doniece Sandoval featured on CNN

CNN logoWhere the homeless can board a bus to take a warm shower, June 2017

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” Five years ago, Doniece Sandoval gained a new perspective on San Francisco’s immense problem of homelessness. It happened in her own neighborhood. “There were three elderly gentlemen, all in their 80s, who we watched, one by one, get evicted,” she said. “They began to live in their cars, had their cars repossessed, and ended up on the street.” As the Bay Area bounced back from the economic recession, Sandoval saw rents skyrocket. Diverse areas in and around San Francisco became gentrified, trendy — and pricey. And as tech companies and other businesses moved in, lower-income residents were forced out. Sandoval saw more and more people living and sleeping on the streets. And all of them, she said, were struggling with hygiene. When she learned there were fewer than 20 shower stalls and toilets for thousands of homeless individuals, she was shocked.”

Read the whole article, Where the homeless can board a bus to take a warm shower, here.

Learn more about Doniece Sandoval’s project, Lava Mae, here.

Thomas Ponce featured in Daily Good

Daily GoodThomas Ponce: On Behalf of All Living Beings, May 2017

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” Thomas Ponce is a 16-year-old animal rights advocate and a citizen lobbyist from Casselberry, Florida. He is the founder of Lobby For Animals, the Coordinator for Fin Free FL, and founder of Harley’s Home, which is used as his school-based animal rights club. A vegetarian at age of 4, he began writing about animal rights at the age of 5. Soon after, Thomas’s parents realized that his advocacy for animals was not a phase, but a way of life. “I feel that it is our responsibility as both citizens and human beings to use our minds, hearts and voices to speak up against the injustices we see in the world,” explains Thomas. What follows is an edited version of an Awakin Call interview with Thomas. You can read or listen to the full version of the interview here. At the time of this interview Thomas was 14-years-old.”

Read the whole article, Thomas Ponce: On Behalf of All Living Beings, here.

Learn more about Thomas Ponce’s project, Lobby for Animals, here.

Kantimahanti Murthy featured in The Times of India

The Times of IndiaI aim to conserve wildlife of the Eastern Ghats: Kantimahanti Murthy, May 2017

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” VISAKHAPATNAM: At a time when there’s an urgent need to conserve the environment and biodiversity from becoming extinct due to undue human intervention, a young wildlife conservationist from Vizag is tirelessly working towards conservation and protection of endangered wildlife in the Eastern Ghats through a community-based approach. He has also designed wildlife interpretation centres in several sanctuaries, zoos and national parks.”

Read the whole article, I aim to conserve wildlife of the Eastern Ghats: Kantimahanti Murthy, here.

Learn more about Kantimahanti Murthy’s project, Community-based Conservation of King Cobras in Eastern Ghats of South India, here.

Trish Schappell featured in Click2Huoston

Reading rooms provide kids with new opportunities, May 2017

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” This is the story of The Kids Reading Room. It’s a magical place filled with books for some of our area’s kids who need them the most. The hero of our story is Trish Schappell.  By day she is a middle school counselor in Spring-Branch Independent School District, but when school ends she become a Kids Reading Room volunteer,  executive director, and founder.  “This is what I feel I was put here for,” Trish Schappell said.  She started the program 3 1/2 years ago after hearing some troubling news. “Children are not graduating, kids have difficulty reading, literacy may not be the most important thing at home because their parents are working full time,” Schappell said.  “I decided just to go to an apartment community and see if I could create a library.” It proved to be a success. Soon after she had five locations and kids like Denzel Garcia started coming in.”

Read the whole article, Reading rooms provide kids with new opportunities, here.

Learn more about Trish Schappell’s project, The Kids’ Reading Room, here.

Lindy Wafula featured in African leadership Magazine, Nigeria

Celd Fetes Outstanding African Women in Durban, May 2017

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“t was a celebration of Africa’s finest women achievers, as the continent’s women of power and influence converged at the Coastlands Musgrave Hotel, Durban, South Africa on the evening of the 04th May 2017 for the annual African Women Leadership Summit 2017. Organized by the Centre for Economic & Leadership Development (CELD), in collaboration with the African Leadership Magazine Group, with support from the South-African based firm, Training Excellence led by the CEO Hawa Charfaray; the summit recognized some of the continent’s finest women who have over the years blazed the trail in accomplishments, through hard-work and resilience.

Read the whole article, Celd Fetes Outstanding African Women in Durban, here.

Learn more about Lindy Wafula’s project, Leading Ladies Club, here.

Mark Devries featured in Democracy Now

democracy_nowNorth Carolina Hog Farms Spray Manure Around Black Communities; Residents Fight Back, May 2017

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” In eastern North Carolina, residents are battling with one of the state’s largest industries: hog farms. Last week, North Carolina lawmakers passed House Bill 467, which limits the damages that residents could collect against hog farms. The billion-dollar industry is primarily clustered in the eastern part of the state, where hog farms collect billions of gallons of untreated pig feces and urine in what are essentially cesspools, then dispose of the waste by spraying it into the air. Residents living in the area of the spray complain of adverse health effects and odor so bad that it limits their ability to be outdoors. For more, we speak with Naeema Muhammad, organizing co-director for the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, and Will Hendrick, staff attorney with the Waterkeeper Alliance and manager of the organization’s North Carolina Pure Farms, Pure Waters campaign.”

Read the whole article, North Carolina Hog Farms Spray Manure Around Black Communities; Residents Fight Back, here.

Learn more about Mark Devries’s project, Citizen Drone Project, here.

Amy Bramlet featured in The Sentinel Record

Hot Springs Middle and High School present spring benefit concert, April 2017

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“The Hot Springs Middle and High School Dance Program recently presented its spring benefit concert, Dance for Humanity, on April 13. With each dance, social issues such as racism, hate and violence were addressed while inspiring a world of peace, equality and light. The show included 150 HSMS/HSHS student dancers, 15 elementary workshop students in grades K-6, six HSMS dancing teachers, 20 iCan Dancers and their partners, the Little Rock Professional Company, 12 student crew members, and the 13 students of the Hot Springs Dance Troupe. “

Read the whole article, Hot Springs Middle and High School present spring benefit concert, here.

Learn more about Amy Bramlett’s project, HSMS and HSHS Dance Program, here.

Brian K. Broadway featured on ClickOrlando.com

Restored travel trailers provide sanctuary for homeless families with children, April 2017

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“Brian Broadway, the director of Find, Feed & Restore, is this week’s Getting Results Award winner.  Broadway and a team of volunteers restore donated travel trailers and turn them into temporary housing for homeless families with children. News 6 caught up with Broadway as he was cleaning and repairing a 30-foot Cherokee travel trailer at the Ridgecrest RV Resort in Leesburg. The trailer had a roof leak and needed flooring repair.  “One small leak can cause major damage,” he said and pointed out the rotten wood found in the trailer. Broadway has experience with RVs, he was a dealership manager years ago. “A trailer like this can last for the next 10 to 15 years,” he said.  “We can put 30 families in this trailer in the next 10 to 15 years and bring them from homeless to hopeful.” Broadway said he has a list of at least 25 families with kids waiting for an opportunity to get off the streets. “

Read the whole article and watch the video, Restored travel trailers provide sanctuary for homeless families with children, here.

Learn more about Brian K. Broadway’s project, Find, Feed & Restore, here.

Laura Edwards feautured in The Independent, UK

independent_uk_logoTeen Vegan Network: what it’s like to swear off meat and dairy before you’re 20, March 2017

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“Being a teenager is tough. The struggle to fit in, feel comfortable in a morphing body, and cope with seesawing emotions is something that we can all relate to. And for vegan teenagers, who are sticking their necks above an additional parapet, surely the world must be a lonely place? But as rates of veganism climb upwards, it’s young people that are leading the way. In the decade since 2006, there was a 350 per cent spike in the number of people who identified as vegan. And almost half of vegans are aged between 15 to 34. Meanwhile, food-friendly platforms like Instagram and fellow devotees in celebrities from Ariana Grande to Beyonce make committing to a plant-based diet less niche. “

Read the whole article, Teen Vegan Network: what it’s like to swear off meat and dairy before you’re 20, here.

Learn more about Laura Edwards’s project, Teen VGN, VGN Summer Camp, here.

Carol-Ann Nelson featured on KTVZ news

Destination Rehab holds painting, posture class, March 2017

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“Unusual combination helps progress on recovery”

Watch the video, Destination Rehab holds painting, posture class here.

Learn more about Carol-Ann Nelson’s project, Adventure Based Rehab, here.

Carol-Ann Nelson featured in PT IN MOTION magazine

Unlimited Adventure, March 2017

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“They were 3 individuals who were very different from one another, but who cumulatively have had a major impact on my life and those of others. One was a woman in her 30s who lived with her parents because a brain injury prevented her from living independently. The second was a teenage boy whose life had been forever altered by a gunshot to the neck that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. The third was an older gentleman with an Irish accent whose Parkinson disease (PD) resulted in frequent falls and stooped posture.”

Read the whole article, Unlimited Adventure, here.

Learn more about Carol-Ann Nelson’s project, Adventure Based Rehab, here.

Hannah Testa featured in Mind Body Green

Mind Body GreenYoungest Environmentalist Ever? How This 14-Year Old Is Changing The Planet, February 2017

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“Tomorrow, visitors will gather in the Georgia State Capitol building to celebrate the first annual Plastic Pollution Awareness Day—an occasion that will encourage people to cut down on plastic consumption. Artists, speakers, and environmentalists will speak out about the importance of low-impact living as February 15 is officially declared a state holiday the Senate floor. The day will culminate in a presentation by the impassioned activist who made it all happen—an eighth grader named Hannah Testa.

Read the whole article, Youngest Environmentalist Ever? How This 14-Year Old Is Changing The Planet, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Hannah Testa featured on WALB News 10

14-year-old girl leads plastic pollution statewide efforts, February 2017

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“A 14-year-old girl is leading state efforts to stop plastic pollution.  A Cumming native, Hannah Testa said she first saw how much of a problem plastic pollution is when she watched a Netflix documentary with her mom.  She said plastic doesn’t biodegrade like many other items we use in our everyday lives.  Instead, it photo-degrades, breaking down into small pieces but never disappearing.  She said the small pieces become very toxic and are often eaten by fish, which gets back into our food chain. ”

Read the whole article and watch the video, 14-year-old girl leads plastic pollution statewide efforts, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Hannah Testa featured on WSAV 3HD

14-year-old Georgian helps create first Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, February 2017

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““Hi, I’m Hannah Testa and I’m on the beautiful beaches of Bermuda and I went on a little stroll and was able to make my own plastic soup,” Hannah Testa, an environmental activist, said in video when she was 11. Nearly three years ago Testa found her calling to help the environment. “After I watched the documentary called Plastic Paradise that’s what really opened me and my family’s eyes to making that shift,” Testa said. “We stopped using single use plastic products like plastic bags and straws and cups.” Testa made changes with her family then shared her cause with schools and through social media.

Read the whole article and watch the video, 14-year-old Georgian helps create first Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Murthy Kantimahanti featured in The Times of India

The Times of IndiaSave the Snakes: Conservation initiative to protect snakes in Eastern Ghats, January 2017

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VISAKHAPATNAM: With the idea to conserve snake fauna in the Eastern Ghats, the organisation ‘Save the Snakes’ has commenced a unique initiative under Pollination Project. The initiative aims to improve the livelihoods of people who live in areas with high incidence of conflict with snakes and educate the locals to minimise rampant killing of the reptiles of Eastern Ghats.

Read the whole article, Save the Snakes: Conservation initiative to protect snakes in Eastern Ghats, here.

Learn more about Murthy Kantimahanti’s project here.

Hannah Testa featured in Forsyth County News

Vickery Creek student works with Forsyth senator to create official plastic pollution awareness day, January 2017

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“A local middle schooler and environmental activist partnered with a Forsyth County state senator to have Feb. 15 proclaimed as Plastic Pollution Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol. Hannah Testa, 14, of Cumming, spent the last few months working with Sen. Michael Williams, R-District 27, to raise awareness of the growing health crisis due to plastic pollution. An event commemorating the day will be held at the capitol from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 and is believed to be the first of its kind nationwide. 

Read the whole article, Vickery Creek student works with Forsyth senator to create official plastic pollution awareness day, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Ezeokoli Ogechukwu Chinenye featured in Woman, Nigeria

Woman logoAn Interview With Ogechukwu Ezeokoli – The Woman Helping Secondary School Students Start Their Own Businesses, January 2017

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Although, entrepreneurship is said to be a major solution to unemployment in Nigeria, the funds to start a business is a major obstacle to many people and this has given rise to different forms of social vices in the country. In view of this, Ogechukwu Ezeokoli decided to start a foundation that is committed to promoting the interest of young people in discovering and maximizing their potentials.

Read the whole article, An Interview With Ogechukwu Ezeokoli – The Woman Helping Secondary School Students Start Their Own Businesses, here.

Learn more about Ezeokoli Ogechukwu Chinenye’s project Teens Entreprenuership Club here.

Hannah Testa featured in The Forsyth Herald

Local middle school student creates Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, January 2017

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“Vickery Creek Middle School eighth-grader, Hannah Testa, is your average teenager for the most part. Except, when she’s not at school, playing soccer or hanging out with friends, she’s changing the world, one cause at a time. At age 10, she began raising money for a horse farm in Cumming. The event was so huge it gained national media attention. From there, she was hooked on helping others. Since then, the 14-year-old has fought for issues affecting various animals and the environment. Up next, she will travel to the state Capitol Feb. 15 to join State Senator Michael Williams while the Senate passes a resolution declaring the day Plastic Pollution Awareness Day in Georgia.”

Read the whole article, Local middle school student creates Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Ietef Vita featured on Rachael Ray Show

Hip Hop About Gardening?! Yep! Meet the Most Organic DJ Ever, January 2017

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“Want to get kids to learn about gardening and healthy eating in a fun way? DJ Cavem Moetavation is a man of many talents — he’s a rapper, emcee, and (wait for it)… organic gardener! He travels all over the country to teach kids about health through hip hop, and even has his own documentary From Gangs to Gardens, which you can watch a clip of above. His organization “Going Green, Living Bling” teaches youngsters how to grow their own food, prepare it, cook it, and even sell it! Today, he’s making a juice made with apples, beets, kale, ginger and cilantro!”

Watch the video, Hip Hop About Gardening?! Yep! Meet the Most Organic DJ Ever here.

Learn more about Iete Vita/DJ Cavem’s project, The Breakground: Food As Medicine, here.

Hannah Testa featured in The NorthFulton Herald

Plastic Pollution Awareness Day is on its way, January 2017

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“Forsyth County’s own eco-activist and one of the leading young environmental leaders in the South, Hannah Testa, is spearheading a major event with Senator Michael Williams. This event, called Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, will include a resolution being read and passed by the Senate, along with informative exhibits and guest speaker presentations from leaders in the industry at the State Capitol Building.

Read the whole article, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day is on its way, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Nicole Cardoza featured in Forbes

Nicole Cardoza on Forbes Lists 30 Under 30 – Education (2017), January 2017

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“On the cutting edge of placing yoga programs in public schools. Training and curriculum is provided free to teachers at Title I schools; to date 20,000 students in 800 classrooms in 39 states have benefited. Cardoza, a Camelback Fellow, is focused on using yoga as a mindfulness tool for social-emotional learning issues many low-income kids face.”

Read the whole article, Nicole Cardoza on Forbes Lists 30 Under 30 – Education (2017) here.

Learn more about Nicole Cardoza’s project, Yoga Foster, here.

Melody Moore in the National Geographic

A Challenge for Girls Today: Moving Beyond ‘How Do I Look?’, January 2017

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“Alexandra lives in a peaceful, leafy subdivision in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, with her parents, a brother, a sister, and at the moment, five dogs—her family rescues dogs. Alexandra, who is 22 years old, rescues people.
In high school she was president of the teen board of a suicide hotline. Before that, she and friends had founded a blog on Tumblr for suicidal adolescents. She gave out her cell phone number and counseled people who called, tracking down their Facebook friends and even calling the police.”

Read the whole article, A Challenge for Girls Today: Moving Beyond ‘How Do I Look?’ here.

Learn more about Melody Moore’s project, The Embodied Love Movement, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in The Orange County Register

Most Influential 2016: Aimee Dunkle, December 2016

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After her son Ben died at age 20 from a heroin overdose, Aimee Dunkle established the nonprofit that provides community members with overdose recognition and response training and naloxone, a potentially life-saving overdose antidote.

Read the whole article, Most Influential 2016: Aimee Dunkle, here.

Learn more about Aimee Dunkle’s project here.

Charles Orgbon in The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Press

Youth Environmental Leader Charles Orgbon III Tours MTR Sites with OVEC, December 2016

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“Back in summer, Charles Orgbon, III, contacted OVEC Organizer Dustin White on Facebook, hoping that Dustin could help arrange a flyover of mountain removal sites in October. Charles would be in WV then, to give the keynote address on motivating and activating youth to a conference presented by the WV Association of WV Solid Waste Authorities and DEP’s REAP program (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan).”

Read the whole article, Youth Environmental Leader Charles Orgbon III Tours MTR Sites with OVEC here.

Learn more about Charles Orgbon’s project, Greening Forward, here.

Dobroslawa Gogloza featured on 1Tv, Latvia

Люди против мяса, December 2016

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“Сегодня в Риге на площади Стрелков прошел флэшмоб, организованный обществом защиты животных. Молодежь призывала жителей Латвии отказаться от потребления мяса, в пользу более «гуманных» продуктов и посмотреть на проблемы забойных животных с высоты птичьего полета”

Watch the video, Люди против мяса here.

Learn more about Dobroslawa Gogloza’s project, Vegan Ukraine, here.

Devi Vaisya featured in East Bay Express

Best of the East Bay 2016: Arts & Culture Writers’ Picks , December 2016

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Last year, trans Latina activists Lexi Adsit and Luna Merbruja teamed up with Devi Vaidya of the local LGBTQ arts organization Peacock Rebellion to bring us Brouhaha, the first ever all trans woman of color comedy show. It was an important night, considering that trans women — and particularly trans women of color — rarely get the opportunity to tell their own stories, frequently enduring misrepresentations in pop culture and mainstream media.”

Read the whole article, Best of the East Bay 2016: Arts & Culture Writers’ Picks here.

Learn more about Devi Vaisya’s project, Brouhaha here.