live / 2016

East Los Angeles Youth Environmental Leadership Summit

East Los Angeles Youth Environmental Leadership Summit

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by International Trade Education Programs (ITEP)

Local industry leaders and East LA youth will converge inspire the next generation of environmental leaders and change.


Please describe your project proposal.

This Summit will provide students in East Los Angeles the opportunity to learn about cutting edge environmental science careers that will enable them to become part of the local economy and contribute to their communities cleaner, more accessible, and sustainable. ITEP will convene industry and community partners to hear the Generation Z perspective on community problems and potential solutions.

Which of the live metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Waterways
  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Local water
  • Resilient communities
  • Tree canopy cover

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • East LA

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to live?

ITEP will present a one-day community Environmental Leadership Summit in Fall 2017 to include student presentations, an environmental fair, keynote speaker, and breakout sessions. The Summit will engage students, parents, faculty and staff, and industry leaders in an effort to not only raise awareness of a variety of environmental impacts, but to showcase the Generation Z perspective in an effort to inspire out-of-the-box sustainability ideas.

Industry leaders in environmental impact and mitigation-related industries will be engaged as guest speakers and mentors to help students as well as introduce students to potential careers so they can make their mark on future. ITEP will engage volunteers in several East Los Angeles areas including clean/green technology, marine life, safety and health risks, aesthetics/construction/engineering, and noise/water/air quality and impacts.

Students in East Los Angeles where ITEP is present are already keenly aware of negative environmental impacts in their communities. These young people can be found planting trees, initiating recycling efforts, and finding alternative means to transportation like skateboarding, bicycling, or walking. Through the Summit, ITEP intends to inspire the next alternative fuel engineers, wetland preservation activists, and environment compliance managers, leading sustainability efforts throughout the East Los Angeles community.

ITEP will expand knowledge of environmental impacts among East Los Angeles students and spark the next generation of environmental leadership. Students will increase their understanding of air and water quality, environmental compliance, safe and sustainable transportation, and other critical environmental hazards and present their findings.

Giving young people a voice now provides them the platform to become leaders in air and water quality, accessibility, and environmental change, creating a more resilient community.

Together, ITEP and the East Los Angeles community residents will make LA the best place to LIVE by supporting efforts to ensure a healthy and sustainable environment for all its citizens.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

Measurement tool (outputs): 1-Leading industry experts will join with high school students to explore new methods for creating a resilient community. Definition of success (outcomes): 1-Mentorship relationships will forge, building students’ networks and inspiring activism. Mentors will be inspired to approach environmental sustainability in new ways resulting from working with students.

Measurement tool (outputs): 2-Industry engagement will be tracked and a sampling of students will complete a survey of their Summit experience. Definition of success (outcomes): 2-Students will become interested in pursuing careers in clean technology, alternative fuel engineering, wetland preservation, environmental compliance, and lead mitigation efforts in their own communities.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Education/training
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support