Seeds for Change
What is Seeds for Change? Seeds for Change is a youth environmental justice leadership program where fellows learn about environmental justice in Washington, DC. and California. During DC-based Seeds for Change, students will: Learn how to build partnerships within their community; Understand civic engagement and how to contact local elected officials; Develop skills in social media activism and messaging; Engage with … Continue reading Seeds for ChangeRead More
TREE believes that the revolution lies with our youth; we also recognize the economic barriers than can keep our youth from actualizing their full potential. We have compiled a list of scholarships for which you should apply.
Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities
AffordableColleges.com has a list of scholarships and financial aid for minorities! From National Black MBA Association to National Society of Black Engineers, from Asian Pacific Islander to Native American, you will certainly be able to find a scholarship and fit the criteria!
Youth Advocates scholarships and awards
Youth environmental change leaders ages 13 to 22 who are recipients of the Brower Youth Awards will receive a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film about their work from an Emmy award winning film crew, and flight and lodging accommodations for a week long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Each year, the Live Deliberately Essay Contest invites youth ages 14-21 from around the world to respond to a selected quotation from Henry David Thoreau, reflecting on how his words and ideas are still alive and relevant in their lives and in the world. The 2016-2017 Contest will have three age groups: 14-16, 17-18, and 19-21. One winner will be identified in each age group and will receive a $250 cash prize, plus an autographed special edition of Walden. Essays may also be selected to receive Honorable Mention in each age group, which will be awarded with an autographed special edition of Walden. https://www.walden.org/education/essay-contest/
- The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s youth. https://www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award
- The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. http://barronprize.org/apply/
Environmental Scholarships for High School students
- RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth https://www.ronbrown.org/section/apply/program-description
- The Justin Carl Holman Memorial Award for Youth Environmental Leadership – This $1,000 scholarship honors the memory of College Bound student and environmental activist Justin Carl Holman. It preserves his legacy of conservation and environmental justice by recognizing a current College Bound senior who shares his passion for the environment. http://collegebound.org/scholarships/
Environmental Scholarships for college/ graduate students
- Annie’s sustainable agricultural scholarshipsOpen to undergraduate or graduate students studying organic and/or sustainable agriculture.http://www.annies.com/doing-more/agricultural-scholarships
- National Gardens Club offers financial aid to students majoring in fields of study related to horticulture and the environment. Applicant must be planning a career related to gardening, landscape design, environmental issues, floral design or horticulture. The State Garden Club also has scholarship opportunities.http://www.gardenclub.org/scholarships/
- AASHE Sustainability Awards- Open to institutions and individuals that are leading higher education to a sustainable future. The awards program provides a vehicle for the higher education community to celebrate outstanding achievements and progress toward sustainability.http://www.aashe.org/about/aashe-awards
- The Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) hosts several college and graduate level scholarships on their website. Some that have a focus on pursuing a degree in public health or science degree.https://www.indian-affairs.org/scholarships.html
- Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship The firm offers a $5,000 Minority Scholarship to support students who identify as minorities and are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession.http://www.brownandcaldwell.com/Scholarships.asp?id=1
- Udall Undergraduate Scholarship by The Udall Foundation awards roughly 60 scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment up to $7,000.http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Scholarship.aspx
- The Switzer Fellowship is granted to exceptional graduate students—10 in New England and 10 in California—who exhibit a promising future in environmental improvement and leadership. Winners get a one-year $15,000 cash prize, networking opportunities, and support to help foster their growth as environmental professionals
- The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and the American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS) have established education in environmental health (EH) as one of their principle goals. They have established undergraduate and graduate scholarships to help students pursue and environmental career. Learn more at http://www.neha.org/professional-development/students/scholarship#sthash.dCdfb9hg.dpuf
Learn about even more opportunities through special guests and events in our Seeds for Change program!
What is #WeStillCantBreathe? In light of the ever changing focus of social justice advocacy, many times, the “root” of these causes are lost. This campaign focuses on the intersectionality of TREE’s issues which create a toxic or “suffocating” environment for people of color. #Westillcantbreathe will bring awareness to why environmental justice, entertainment and race, and … Continue reading #WestillcantbreatheRead More
“The Revolution Will be Televised” – Jennifer Blemur, Esq.
“Yes, Again” – Dr. Neosho Ponder
“Going Against the Grain for What is Right“- Angela Lewis
“Check Your White Privilege: From Grey’s Anatomy to Mizzou” – Dr. Neosho Ponder
Twitter Conversations- TREE Chats on Twitter
Economic Justice So what is economic justice? Economic justice is about the attainment of rightful access to basic financial and material resources and opportunities. The key words are RIGHTFUL and BASIC. Rightful, because each individual has a right to reach the pinnacle of their potential and that right is facilitated by having access to economic … Continue reading Economic JusticeRead More
Pay Gap Policy
America’s gender wage gap has been an increasingly hot topic in this political climate, perhaps peaking during the 2016 election cycle. There is still a strikingly noticeable gap between genders. In 2016, according to Census data, overall women make 80 cents to every white male dollar earned. Black and Latino women earned 63 and 54 cents to every white male dollar, respectively. And in 2015, Native American women made approximately 57.7 cents to every white male dollar for full-time jobs.
While Trump has made contradictory and bad statements regarding equal pay, he is also receiving outside pressure to roll back Obama-era requirements for big employers to produce wage data based on race, gender and ethnicity. When Obama made the requirement, there was hope that the transparency would diminish wage discrimination. In our next action plan, we will explain the future impact of this issue and ways we can address it.
Trump has also revoked Obama’s 2014 “Fair Play and Safe Workplaces” order, designed to ensure that companies with federal contracts comply with civil rights laws. This order specifically protects transparency and prohibits forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination claims that can deprive workers of rights they would otherwise have in court.
With the recent moves by this Administration, women are less protected in the workplace despite significant efforts to combat gender-based socialization and pay inequity. The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee found many factors contributing to the pay gap, including up to 40% of it being gender discrimination. Transgender women have been found to earn a third less after their gender transition, according to a 2008 B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy study. Enacting policies that protect women in all work places will narrow a gap that is not expected to close at the current rate until 2059.
The report noted that women of color stand to lose more in this battle. The typical Black woman will earn $877,000 less than the typical white man over the course of 40 years while the typical Latina(x) will earn $1,007,000. Native American women will lose $934,240 due to the wage gap. Because of this, women of color are more likely to live in poverty after the age of 65, jeopardizing retirement security.
Who Is Trying to Help?
- The National Committee on Pay Equity: http://www.pay-equity.org/about.html
- National Action Program: http://now.org/resource/women-deserve-equal-pay-factsheet/
- WAGE Project: http://www.wageproject.org
- AAUW: http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/public-policy/aauw-issues/gender-pay-gap/
Why Do We Care?
Many organizations deal with this issue. TREE not only seeks to create visibility in the pay disparity for all women but specifically plans to address the comparatively larger pay gap and discriminatory issues for women of color.
How Can You Help?
- Advocate for higher federal and state minimum wage. Though many states have higher minimum wages, most states do not require livable minimum wage.
Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Federal minimum wage is currently $7.24. In May, democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca), introduced legislation to raise minimum wage to $15.00 by 2024. The bill is unlikely to advance with the Republican controlled Congress but it is imperative to track the supporters and apply pressure during the next election cycle.
- Advocate for reinstatement of Executive policies
While the Trump administration may be in no hurry to reinstate transparency and protective policies, it is an issue to keep at the forefront so that the 2020 presidential candidates are fully aware.
- Advocate for paid family leave
Women will stay in the workforce longer if they have the security of paid family leave. The Center for American Progress found that “women lose a total of $274,044 and men lose a total of $233,716 in lifetime wages and Social Security benefits by leaving the labor force early due to care-giving responsibilities.”
- Advocate for affordable childcare
Although we do not want to imply that childcare only impacts women, as HuffPost points out, “When women — especially women making minimum wage — have access to affordable childcare, they’re able to stay in the workforce longer.”
- Advocate for better and consistent data for transgender women. Data for transgender women is often out of date and unreliable. However, to have a clear picture in how the gender gap impacts all women, including transgender women, we must consider safe ways to collect this information.
Entertainment and Race
Whose Streets? and The Force are two documentaries that critically focus on race, police brutality, and they are directly or tangentially related to the Black Lives Matter movement. Unlike Hidden Figures and Fences, these movies are about the current state of America. Will these films be palatable or do they need more temporal space to be accepted in White Hollywood? … Continue reading Entertainment and RaceRead More
Environmental Justice States are facing environmental issues that have the potential to affect minority and low-income communities disproportionately and fatally. Effects from state action on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) guidelines for the Clean Power Plan and fracking, trickle down to vulnerable communities and could help combat an overwhelming obstacle to toxic free environments and … Continue reading Environmental JusticeRead More