Earth Care is a youth and community development organization. At Earth Care we educate and empower the positive development of young people in a way that harnesses their natural innovation, creativity, and leadership in the process of creating healthy, just and sustainable communities. Our framework places youth at the center of everything we do. We believe that young people have the inherent capacity to solve problems and that through the empowerment and engagement of youth, sustainability is within the reach of all communities.
We facilitate youth empowerment through integrated programs in youth advocacy, leadership development, civic engagement, service-learning, youth-led community organizing, social entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Our organization and programs are guided by four overarching themes which manifest in the design of all of our work: food & health, education, civic participation, and economic opportunity. We believe these four areas of community development can leverage the most change towards sustainability while at the same time offering the greatest opportunity for youth to propel their own lives forward. Our programs build capacity, resources, and infrastructure in each of these areas and we build coalitions throughout the community in order to best support the positive development of youth and the sustainable development of communities.
Year(s) Awarded: 2010