“Who will prepare the scientists, technicians, engineers, entrepreneurs and global humanitarians [who] can… rebuild our economy and society on a new and greener foundation? Who will educate citizens ready to master these new realities and ensure exemplary stewardship of our planet for now and for future generations?
Martha Kanter, Former Undersecretary for Education
We believe that young people can help solve the world's most pressing economic, environmental, and social equity challenges. They can help re-build our economy on a cleaner, greener, and more just foundation.
Meet a young woman named LaTasha. LaTasha was born and raised in Window Rock, Arizona on the Navajo Nation Reservation. Almost half of the young people under age of 18 live in poverty and 34% will not graduate from high school. Only 4.2% will graduate from college. LaTasha graduated from Dartmouth College in 2011, with a degree in earth sciences. Through one of MobilizeGreen's programs, LaTasha interned with the U.S. Forest Service helping to develop a program that bridges the gap between modern western science and traditional tribal ecological knowledge by exposing tribal youth to the outdoors and natural resource careers. In 2014, the program will expand to reach more diverse young people. Finishing her internship, LaTasha said, "I can feel the path of my life coming together more than ever now."
Sprouting Seeds of Change
Providing talented, passionate young people like LaTasha with opportunities to apply their skills productively is indispensable in our effort to catalyze sustainable development and to protect ecological systems in communities that need them most. MobilizeGreen does this. We jumpstart green careers through internships, mentoring, and youth engagement for young leaders like LaTasha who want to give back to their community.
Why Youth + Green
Investing in young people makes economic sense.
Today's young people are tomorrow's workers. They will drive our economic growth. There are 80 million Millennials, the largest generation ever. Born between 1980 and 1993, “one in every three employees in the U.S. will be a millennial by next year, and by 2025 they will become 75 percent of the global workforce,” according to Forbes. Young people are our future leaders.
Empowering diverse youth makes demographic sense.
According to the U.S. Census, non-Hispanic whites will become a minority population by 2043. By 2050, communities of color together will compromise a 53 percent majority. Successfully promoting vibrant and sustainable development for those communities depends on preparing future leaders grounded in the values of those communities.
Moving to a greener and cleaner economy makes us sustainable.
To compete globally, we will need to innovate for a sustainable future. Increasing population growth, dwindling natural resources, and increasing environmental issues and climate change require a greener, cleaner, multi-sector approach for economic growth.