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What is your ultimate vision for this program as it evolves?
For one, this is a model that I think can work in other communities, but with anything, you need the right people who are passionate about nature and passionate about helping all kids succeed.
Above everything, I want my students’ education to be meaningful beyond bubbling in a multiple-choice question for a standardized test. Instead of it being a consumer-like experience where they sit in front of a teacher and bank the knowledge from a lecture, I want them applying what they’re learning and making the world better.
With a lot of low-income communities, environmental science is an issue. We always see reports on global issues like polar ice caps melting, or ocean pollution, and look, those are important, but what about studies on our local environment? I would like to ultimately see our kids use our program to build the skills for advocacy and community planning through longitudinal studies of water and air quality. That way, these subjects are more relevant to the kids.
I’m hoping as the program grows in popularity, we’ll be able to build more community partnerships toward that end. I want students to be empowered to feel like they can change policy and transform the community.