EBE/CCAG Youth Leadership Crew

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NOAH’s EBE (East Boston Environmental)/Chelsea Creek Action Group (CCAG) Youth Leadership Crew employs ten to twelve East Boston teens to work with CCAG and learn to be local leaders as they participate in the cleanup and redevelopment of polluted sites and the development of programs related to ecological, environmental, recreational, and health issues associated with East Boston and the Chelsea Creek area.

 

Accomplishments

The youth have taken a lead in achieving a significant policy change improving bike access on the MBTA Blue Line; advanced a model for green storm water management that was embraced by planners redesigning East Boston’s Central Square; built over 50 raised-bed gardens so hundreds of residents could have better access to fresh, healthy, affordable food; developed and led numerous environmental justice bike tours of East Boston; and worked with the Boston Bikes department to identify needed improvements to bike infrastructure in the neighborhood.

In 2016, the Youth: continued their “Learn to Kayak” and Boating Safety program, serving 3,000+ participants; performed advanced research for the ClimateCARE initiative; worked on advocacy campaigns including their 'Clean Streets' (trash and litter) and Safe Speeds projects; and made community presentations at the many East Boston neighborhood associations. They also continued their popular Friday night Family Movie Nights in the Park programming for 400+ residents annually, serving hundreds of residents, maintained the urban Our Garden community garden site (carbon free!) and initiated a new campaign around proposed changes at the Sumner Tunnel.

They have also helped hold dozens of public events at the Condor Street Urban Wild, the Our Garden and other public spaces with activities like kite-flying, bike riding, outdoor play and games (including an old East Boston favorite, pimple ball), and face-painting, along with campaign and issue-based education; conducted bilingual participatory surveys, engaging over 2,000 residents on a variety of environmental topics; conducted regular public outreach including flyer distribution, door knocking, and setting up staffed information tables at community events, especially quick bilingual surveying on key neighborhood issues to increase awareness of issues and public participation.

 

NOAH’s Approach

By providing enriching, leadership development opportunities and employment to East Boston youth, NOAH is helping to fill critical gaps in the East Boston community. NOAH’s commitment to youth development is based on data indicating the tremendous need for employment, leadership development, and out-of-school enrichment opportunities, particularly for Latino youth.

 

 

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