Environmental Justice Camps
Environmental Justice Camps are part of the Tacoma Urban League’s mission to help African Americans and other underserved urban residents achieve social equality and economic independence. The camps will be an extension of Ladies First, a program that offers young girls of color fun and educational activities that inspire them to develop their own definitions for environmental justice.
Tacoma Urban League President and CEO T’wina Nobles is leading these programs in hopes that the work will bring hope and inspiration to the girls in her community.
The first camp was hosted last year, and they plan to expand on the curriculum with new courses, activities and opportunities. Beginning this year, a series of three camps will give girls the opportunity to learn from women who are leading environmental justice work locally. They will go out on a boat patrol of Commencement Bay, do a beach cleanup, learn about the dangers of micro plastics and create art projects with trash collected from the beach. At the end, they will write a “Letter to the Editor” about what they learned and the changes they want to see in their community.
These camps were initially brought to life through a Spark Grant from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and a partnership with Citizens for a Healthy Bay.
We look forward to seeing this new program roll out, and will keep you updated as more information is available!