Earth Day Marin!

The Earth Day Marin festival will take place April 24th, 2010 from 11-6pm at College of Marin, 835 College Ave at Sir Francis Drake in Kentfield. It will be a free, family-friendly outdoor festival celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Enjoy high quality food, musicians, performances for children, speakers, films, authors, and as well as hands-on fun activities and interesting exhibition booths from key nonprofit, business, government and educational leaders. Performers include BCH and the Jawdroppers (members of Hot Buttered Rum, New Monsoon, Zero), Terri Garthwaite, OONA, Let’s Go Green Kids & many more. Presented by Next Generation, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Marin Agricultural Land Trust and Hannah Doress Events, and is a fiscal project of MarinLink. Learn more about the exciting main stage line-up, eco-aerobics, bicycle parades & smoothies, and the ‘green songs’ contest at http://www.EarthDayMarin.org or on the Earth Day Marin fan page on Facebook....

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April 24th Save the Date for Earth Day Marin!

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Next Generation is partnering with Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, MarinLink, and Hannah Doress Events to create a fun-filled and inspirational event for the whole family. Event will be held from 11-6 on Saturday, April 24th in Central Marin.  More details to follow!  Mark your calendar!...

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2nd Annual Environmental Youth Forum

The California Film Institute’s Education Program Presents The 2nd Annual Environmental Youth Forum The forum’s theme is: We’re Beyond Compact Fluorescents. This is the Tipping Point. How Can We Save the Planet? The Forum Tackles the Next Step In Sustainability The Environmental Youth Forum will be held at the Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael, on Thursday, February 10 and Friday, February 11, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days. The Forum is specifically designed for students, ages 12 through 18, and is not open to the public. All student participation is free and arranged through Bay Area teachers and the California Film Institute. Teachers who would like to have their classes included can contact CFI education director, John Morrison at jmorrison@cafilm.org or call 415.526.5813 to enroll. Free bus transportation may also be able to be arranged....

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Youth In Nature Initiative

Next Generation staff, board, and community supporters underwent a strategic planning process last year, in which we identified that getting students out of the classroom and into the outdoors – through garden activities, campus-based projects, local excursions, and field trips – as one of our top priorities. Not only does this address what has become known as ‘nature deficit disorder’, it exposes students to the beauty and abundance found in our amazing county and in their own schoolyards. We strongly believe that cultivating nature awareness through exposure and education cultivates in the desire to preserve and protect this precious resource. We have received funding for our Youth In Nature Initiative through the Marin Community Foundation, specifically focused on underserved youth , and many of our other partners. We have got a solid start this fall, and are looking forward to expanding this work in the winter and spring!...

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Remembering Sylvia Bingham

It is with great sorrow that we post this in memory of Syvia Bingham. Sylvia was a former Next Generation student activist and Terra Linda High student. Sylvia, age 22, was killed while riding her bicycle to work in Cleveland on September 15, 2009. A recent Yale graduate and an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, Sylvia was passionate about social justice and cycling, and was riding that day to her work at Hard Hatted Women, to empower women to achieve economic independence by creating workplace diversity in trade and technical careers. Following is a piece written by Roni Krouzman, Next Generation founder, who worked with Sylvia while she was a student at Terra Linda High. Sylvia Like so many people, I was stunned and deeply saddened by the news of Sylvia’s death. I’ve been putting off writing this, in part because I fear it will bring me to that place of grief yet again – and in part because I’m not sure what I can write that could do Sylvia Bingham, or how I felt about her, justice. But if there are two of many things Sylvia reminded me and reminded all of us by her example was to keep our hearts open even in the face of great pain. And to do our best. So I will try. I first met Sylvia early in 2003, when I was helping students to organize against the then proposed US war against Iraq. She was a student at Terra Linda High School at the time, and she joined our then fledgling coalition of students working for peace. For the next few years, I had the honor and pleasure of working with Sylvia, supporting her efforts to work for peace and justice and organize her peers to do the same. I saw her plan meetings and speak at protests, and she quickly became a leader in the youth empowerment organization, Next Generation, that those initial anti-war protests grew in to. I was always inspired by Sylvia, yet it is only now after Sylvia’s death that I’m realizing the extent to which I loved and was moved by her. I remember the thoughtfulness, courage and integrity Sylvia always showed when coming to me for support on how to organize fellow students. I remember her unflagging optimism, her huge heart, and her stunning intellect. I remember how sweet she was, how interesting, how sophisticated, a deep, old soul. I remember the lightness, playfulness and creativity Sylvia would bring to our work as well. Once during a break in a Next Generation Board of Directors meeting, Sylvia sat down at a piano and began to play the theme song to the French movie, ‘Amelie.’ We sat together...

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And we’re back!

After a fabulous summer, Next Generation is back in action for the 2009-2010 school year, with some wonderful new additions to the staff – Ellen Donald and Denielle Basom, both Next Gen veterans – and a renewed commitment to education our youth about sustainability and the environment and helping Marin schools Go Green! We have just launched our exciting Green Thumbs Initiative to help schools develop and integrate school gardens. Our upcoming newsletter will have more details. We are also excited to have Edna Maguire, Saint Mark’s, and Laurel Dell schools sign up to continue the Green Schools program on their campuses. Welcome back!...

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