Learn how to unleash the power of youth to make change for the better, with the Young Voices for the Planet project!  The next workshop is coming up Sunday, April 28th. Subsequent workshops will be held June 1 at Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley, June 26 at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, and one more that is yet to be scheduled (probably in July). Those interested in attending can pick one date or attend more than one! (Some content will be the same between events, but local speakers and discussion will differ each time). Act 48 credits are available. During her upcoming visit, workshop leader Lynne Cherry will also be on the radio and speaking at the 87th Sustainability Salon.

Children around the country have been taking up the challenge of improving the future for their communities, and many of them have been captured in an amazing series of short films called Young Voices for the Planet. These video stories (13 so far, each just a few minutes long) have in turn inspired other kids to take action. The filmmaker is Lynne Cherry, who is also an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has created gorgeous picture books on the environment (The Great Kapok Tree is her most famous book).

In order to maximize the films’ reach and impact, a curriculum has been developed around Civic Engagement and Democracy. It will be brought to life in a series of educator workshops in and around Pittsburgh over the next few months, teaching teachers and informal educators how to use the films to most effectively engage the kids they work with to have a real impact on environmental issues affecting their communities.

The films are intended for kids from 4th grade through high school, and topics range from solar panels to sea level rise, plastic straws to planting trees, oil spills to environmental justice. The Pittsburgh-area workshops will enable local educators to help empower local kids to effect change on local (and global) issues.

Check out more information at the links below and register now!