By Alexa Boghosian
The summer of my freshman year of high school, I volunteered at the California Science Center “Cool Globes” exhibit. My job was to provide information and tours to elementary school students who were on field trips to the exhibit. However, I quickly began to notice that the majority of the kids who passed through the exhibit had very little environmental literacy. Therefore, I began a program called The GreenTeens to begin to fulfill my community’s needs.
The GreenTeens provide environmental education for elementary school students in Los Angeles schools. Through a curriculum created and taught by students for students, the GreenTeens promote environmental literacy, inspire students to take action, make behavioral changes, and become green leaders in their communities. Additionally, GreenTeens work with schools to initiate school-wide environmental campaigns relevant to each school community’s needs. Watch us in action in this video: The GreenTeens at work
Just last spring, The GreenTeens won a grant of $2,500 from the Alliance for Climate Education to fund the project, making the program available to schools for free. Now, the GreenTeens are in action! We are currently visiting 3rd Street School and will start the program next week at Vine Street Elementary!
Already, the effect we are having on these kids is visible. The other day, for example, a girl who was participating in the program told me about how she and her mom went to the grocery store. As the mom was reaching for plastic bags, the girl stopped her and informed her that they could take the groceries home in the canvas bag she had made that day during the GreenTeens program! Not only are we affecting how these kids think, but they also affect their families, and ultimately, their communities, in one big multiplier effect.
One of the GreenTeens’ major goals is to expand the volunteer aspect of the program to other high schools to not only increase environmental literacy across multiple communities, but also to empower teens to take action by providing leadership opportunities for them within the green movement.
We provide a detailed curriculum, set-up steps, timelines, and lots of advice to each branch!
If you are interested in starting a GreenTeens branch at your own school, please
email firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information or request a Branch Application.
Honestly, anything is possible with effort. You can impact people, you can impact the world, and it starts by raising your voice and taking action.
Join the GreenTeens, raise your voice, and help your community raise theirs!
Founder/President of The GreenTeens