From 2001-2009 Earth Care Santa Fe reached 4,000 young people through Earth Care programs. In 2011 Earth Care estimates programs will reach 4,000 young people in the next 24 months alone.
Earth Care’s community impact continues to grow in 2011.
5 new school gardens and education programs
15,000 pounds of food will be diverted from waste stream and turned into hot, healthy meals, serve to those in need.
Hundreds of pounds of food will be harvested from school and community gardens. Food will be served at: harvest festivals, school lunches, cooking programs, and food products for sale.
5-10 low income residents will engage in a pilot project to: install gardens in their backyards, save money via energy and water conservation, and practice other sustainable practices.
1,200 children and youth will engage in in-school or after school physical education activities and nutritional education with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity. 75% of these youth will report eating fresh fruits and vegetables twice a week, voluntarily.
400 youth, ages 5-18 will participate in growing food in community and school gardens.
At least 1,300 youth will participate in education of environmentally conscious practices and sustainable agriculture.
750 young people will feel that their concerns have been taken into consideration and they have been able to do something about them through service learning projects.
1,300 young people will increase their knowledge of environmentally-conscious practices and sustainable agriculture. 80% of them will report a change in their attitudes and behaviors. Therefore they will participate in more environmental projects and practices.
Young Santa Fe people will contribute 20,500 hours of service this year to make their community better to meet critical community needs.
FYI – the US millennium generation, 16-24yrs, are now volunteering more hours than any US generation before them.
You too can make an impact on your lifestyle and your community. Visit Earthcare.org for more information.