Community Environmental College (CEC)
“building the next generation of Environmental Justice leaders through a high-impact 8-week summer leadership institute”
Click here to learn about the program’s history and background
Slots are still available for summer 2015! See information below:
You can also support the CEC and our year-round after-school program, ECO Youth, by purchasing an ad in the CEC Graduation Ad Book. See below for more information:
2014: The CEC turns 6!
2014 CEC by the numbers:
- 23 Students participated 3 days per week, 7 hours per day, for 8 weeks (168 hours each)
- 10 “Graduate Students” (former graduates who returned to participate in internships and lead hands-on community projects
- 6 Teaching Assistants / TAs (former graduates hired to help teachers run the program)
- 6 Teachers in co-teacher pairs for each of the 3 classes (Revolution 101, Environmental Justice, and Food Justice). 1 co-teacher per class is a former CEC student and TA who developed their leadership skills through the program and is now in charge of facilitating other young people’s learning experience.
- 17 Group Trips on the Green DRIVE Bus, including class-time activities and trips to farms, parks, beaches, and conferences.
- 4 Snack Distribution Days of cooking and distributing fresh healthy and FREE snacks to kids living in Providence’s food deserts
- 18 Final Action Projects created by CEC students to educate the community and create solutions to issues they learned about during the summer.
- 5 Guest Speakers lead fascinating workshops and talkbacks about environmental and social justice.
- Click here for CEC student demographic information
Trips and Activities
We used our Green DRIVE Bus to take CEC students on many trips and interactive learning expeditions throughout the summer:
We did a Toxic Tour to learn about sites including Mashapaug Pond, which was polluted by the Gorham Silver Manufacturing Plant and is a major EJ League campaign:
2013 Graduation Ceremony
Thank you to EJ League Board Member, Professor Elizabeth Hoover for speaking at our Graduation Ceremony, and a huge thank you to Senator Juan Pichardo for speaking and giving all our students, graduate students, TAs, and teachers a Citation from the State of Rhode Island!
Students presented their final projects to an audience of approximately 250 people at Brown University’s Alumnae Hall