The 6th New York City Climate Justice Youth Summit
Calling all previous Climate Justice Youth Summit (CJYS) participants, it’s that time of the year again! That’s right, NYC’s 6th Climate Justice Youth Summit is fast approaching and this year’s summit will undoubtedly be the most important one to date considering our political situation. In years past CJYS successfully gathered 750 youth who live locally in the most vulnerable communities of NYC to learn and work to address climate justice. This year, we set a goal of educating and transforming even more. With your help young people of color all over the city will become organizers with the ability to take hold of their own future and be the change they want to see.
UPROSE’s Climate Justice Youth Summit is the largest gathering of the young people of color on climate change in the country. This year we are partnering with the Climate Justice Alliance, Muevete, the House of Fa Mulan and others while expanding the summit’s from a New York City based event to a national dialogue between youth leaders of color from Flint, Michigan; the Gulf South; Standing Rock; and the Global South. This is a Call to Action! Young people of color are on the frontlines of the climate crisis, now is the time to power up! Register Here!
Youth organizing is central to UPROSE because we are an intergenerational organization, but our Youth Justice initiative is by young people and for young people. In this space young people of color reclaim power and voice over their lives, community, and future. It is where wellness and self care is learned in response to the legacy of historical trauma. It is where the history of resistance and culture is learned and celebrated under a banner of unity - our common struggle.
The UPROSE Youth Justice initiative is committed to a society free of -isms and patriarchy. It is a place designed to provide the tools necessary to build a society that cares deeply for people and the planet.
The UPROSE Youth Justice initiative demands engagement at all levels. It is a platform for political education and leadership.
UPROSE - At The Table Leadership Institute
At The Table Leadership Institute engages young people in a seven-week training full of cultural, organizing, political and environmental justice exploration. Through hands-on learning and field trips, young people hone their social justice and leadership skills and knowledge about environmental justice issues in Sunset Park while developing an understanding of how racial justice and climate change intersect locally and throughout the world. Upon completion, young people have the opportunity to initiate their own campaigns and become meaningfully engaged in ongoing campaigns.
In past ATL Institutes, young people have learned the science of soil and combined sewage overflow, how to plant, compost, and harvest , organized the annual NYC Climate Justice Youth Summit with over 600 in attendance, facilitated community meetings, tested air and water quality, engaged in urban planning and GIS mapping, and organized rallies, protests, art builds, open mics, direct actions, community forums and educational workshops.
Real Roots Campaign
Real Roots campaign is a youth lead initiative focused on the environmental and health implications of bath and beauty products used by low-income communities of color. Products sold by many beauty businesses tend to be filled with toxic chemicals that are detrimental to the health of the consumer. Alternatively, all natural and safe products tend to be extremely expensive. The Real Roots campaign promotes organic beauty product alternatives to the mainstream chemical laden products that are readily available. Real Roots also aims to reconnect our communities to the ways of our ancestors and aims to re-claim the way we think about natural beauty.