Pre-Registration is Open for Earth Team’s 2019-20 Paid Internship Program. Reserve your Spot Now!

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Do not leave this for tomorrow!   Take 5 minutes now and fill your pre-registration application for Earth Team’s 2019-20 paid afterschool internship program.  Save your spot now for our program because we only have 100 positions open, and they fill up fast.

During the program, you will work with fellow students and Earth Team great coaches to gain valuable professional experience and hands-on skills in environmental restoration, improve your grades, and learn from experts in the field working in exciting projects all around the Bay Area.  You will travel with your team in our 15 passenger van and learn first-hand about the issues that affect our local environment and how you can help.

This is a work-based learning program, with most of the time spent outdoors working alongside with other organizations and partners on environmental projects that make a difference for your community.

Register today.  Take action to improve your professional skills while you help the environment.  Enroll in our program and you will have an experience that you will never forget!

REGISTRATION LINK

If you have any questions, please call 844-704-4030 to speak with our team. We are here to help you in taking this important step that can change your future.

 

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Pre-Registration is Open for Earth Team’s 2019-20 Paid Internship Program. Reserve your Spot Now!

screen-shot-2019-04-16-at-11.18.48-am-1.png

Do not leave this for tomorrow!   Take 5 minutes now and fill your pre-registration application for Earth Team’s 2019-20 paid afterschool internship program.  Save your spot now for our program because we only have 100 positions open, and they get booked fast.

During the program, you will work with your team and Earth Team great coaches to gain valuable professional experience and hands-on skills in environmental restoration, improve your grades, and learn from experts in the field working in exciting projects all around the Bay Area.  You will travel with your team in our 15 passenger van and learn hands-on about the issues that affect our local environment and how you can help.

This is a work-based learning program, with most of the time spent outdoors working along with other organizations and partners in environmental projects that make a difference for your community.

Register today.  Take action to improve your professional skills while you help the environment.  Enroll in our program and you will have an experience that you will never forget!

REGISTRATION LINK

If you have any questions, please call 844-704-4030 to speak with our team. We are here to help you in taking this important step that can change your future.

 

Ralph J. Bunche Academy Officially has a 3-Bin System!

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We are excited and proud to announce the official implementation of Ralph J. Bunche Academy’s 3-Bin sorting system! Ms. Greenlands Earth Science classes have been working hard for the past few months getting trained on how to sort, conducting audits, educating their student’s body and more.

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The system was announced at Ralph J. Bunches Academy Wednesday assemblies. The audience was receptive and expressed pride in having a new system on campus.

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Following the assembly, the class got to work on signing and distributing the bins! It was a team effort and it feels so great to have the project come to fruition.

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Youth Work Together to Create a Sorting Slogan Video!

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Student Blog 

The sorting video was a video we made in order to offer a visual aid to the audience along with our examples of waste being sorted. The video also had slogans to make sorting easier for those that watch it. While the original video covered most of what needed to be said, the aesthetic of the video needed a lot of improvement.

We split into multiple working committees and began working on different sections such as updating slogans, designing an introduction, and recording footage. We followed the original order when putting the video back together but tried to re-edit and upgrade as much as we could. This included updating the introduction to make it simpler and applicable to any school, adding a voiceover, updating the slogans so they rhyme, and changing the music. 

Some of the challenges we faced while making this video was the struggle to get the right shot. We needed to go back and reshoot some clips several times. It was also a challenge to get the trash we used in the shoot. Although we had some challenges we worked well as a team to overcome them. 

We are hoping that this video will give the Oakland Tech Community a nice refresher on what trash can go in what can. Hopefully, this video will produce lower contamination results for our next waste audit.

Check out our video on our youtube page!

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Interns Present at the Zero Waste Youth Convergence!

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Student Blog

The Zero Waste Youth Convergence brought together over 150 students and young leaders to be informed, discuss, and take action on waste issues. The day was compiled of diversity sessions throughout the day. Oakland Tech Earth Team had the chance to presented their Replication Package and got lots of positive feedback. The presentation consisted of a Kahoot live quiz to engage the audience, a slideshow, and finally a video. Even though it was a short 15 minutes everyone got a chance to speak and gain experience talking in front of such a large audience.

Check out a play by play of the day from our interns themselves! 

Morning Session Debrief:

The morning session overviewed what the event was about, outlined the events that followed later throughout the day, as well as covered a lot of information about past events. Event leaders were speaking, particularly environmentalist leaders. The speakers were talking a lot about their personal lives in addition to their environmental accomplishments. I learned that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. There was a lot of encouragement to put yourself out there and to stand up for what you believe in, no matter your age or your influence.

Afternoon Session Debrief: 

I went to the afternoon session that had presentations from different people talking about repurposing and reusing materials to keep them from going to the landfill. The first presentation was from the man that runs the brand Sonoma USA and he takes old billboards, signs, clothing, and other such materials that would otherwise be thrown out and he turns them into different kinds of bags that he sells. I really liked his presentation because he talked about how he was already in the textiles industry and he saw the opportunity to keep some items out of the landfill and decided to make it happen with the resources he had. He also mentioned that he has other plans for the future to expand this idea. One example was how he wants to work with his local dry cleaner to replace the plastic covers that are on clothes before they are returned to their owners. He wants to create custom bags for people out of similar materials that he makes his bags from.

The other afternoon presentation that I saw was by people talking about “repair cafes” that they have where they set up tables with tools in a big gym and many people bring their broken electronics. The community of people works together and about 70% of the appliances are fixed by the end of the day. This was a cool concept because it encourages people to put effort into their electronics and not just buy a new one because it is broken. To me, this seems like a good way to keep things out of the landfills and become more independent people.

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Earth Team’s Presentation Debrief: 

We presented about three bin system; specifically our replication package. We wanted to provide it as a resource for people from other schools and communities at the convergence who might be interested in implementing or improving their own three-bin systems. As a group, I think we communicated our message clearly and played our individual roles well. It felt like we were part of a movement bigger than just us, just tech, or just earth team.

Final Session Debrief: 

After we presented, there was the group of girl scouts and Alameda high school on boba straws. I liked seeing the Girl Scouts present because they knew so much and attacked such big goals at such a young age. Their PSA was so good! Then, they turned it around and was like “you can help” it was really cute and informational. I love seeing younger people involved in things like this and being aware of the things that happen in the world. Then there was Alameda High School with the boba straws. They made these kits for boba with a glass jar and a stainless steel straw. They got store owners to actually use the kits they’re selling. I loved seeing people my age doing so much good in the world and motivating to see what people can achieve when they’re committed and care. I hope they never stop!

The panel was also very informative and inspiring. I learned a lot about how to make a change in systems like schools, city government, etc. I definitely took away that it is possible to make a big difference, even when there is resistance to it.

Thank you to all the volunteers that made this year’s Zero Waste Youth Convergence happen! We had a great time!

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Push to Purpose: Interns Engage with Adult Mentors

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Oakland Tech Earth Team participated in the first ever Push to Purpose Event where they heard from an adult mentor panel on how to get paid for social justice and environmental activism work. The group was from a wide range of backgrounds, from farmers to environmental lawyers.

The group listened as each of them told their story of how they arrived at their current line of work. After the scripted questions were completed, our student participants had a chance to ask more questions. The group enjoyed the panel and felt that it was very insightful.

The second portion of the event was reserved for students developing their elevator pitch. Each individual was guided on how to communicate their passions in a way that would advance their career opportunities. After having something written up, the group walked around and tested it on the adult mentors. A lot of these conversations resulted in students receiving business cards, contact info, internship opportunities and more.

The following meeting, the group reflected the event. Each individual shared what had them thinking during the event, what made them feel any sort of way, and what exactly they were going to take away from the day. Overall, the group had A LOT of positive things to say!

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It was a great time learning about social justice and environmental careers. Thank you to all the coordinators who put on the event and for all the adult mentors that showed up to support our student’s youth development!

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Preparing for the Green Team Summit!

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Student Blog 

During our after-school meeting, we came together to plan our day at the Green Team Summit. Our team chose to focus on the importance of communicating with staff such as administrators, custodians, and teachers. With our goal being to educate students the different types of adults they may run into while they attempt to implement the sorting system at their school.

After establishing our goal, we came up with a way to present our information and tips about implementing the sorting system. We all worked together to decide who was best for each role then split up into stations and worked on our part.

Marco and I were on the presentation committee since we would be presenting at the Green Team Summit. We planned and put together a presentation explaining why it is essential to have healthy and positive connections with the staff at our schools. Staff can often contribute positively or in some cases hinder a team’s ability to implement the sorting system. The team is still in the process of finalizing the workshop for the Green Team Summit.

We are all looking forward to the day!

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Written By: Kathy, Oakland Tech Intern 

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Surveying 3-Bin System Infrastructure at Oakland Tech

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Student Blog 

For the campus brute survey, we received a map with the location of all our sorting systems. The purpose of the brute survey was to check on our bins and observe what needed to be changed or kept at each station. The brute survey helped us understand what stations needed more recycling, landfill, and compost bins.

To begin, we distributed the walkie-talkies and then split up into groups and decided one group would check on stations located inside and the other group would check on stations located outside. We all went to the stations and looked to see that all the bins matched the ones on the map. Once we were done, we met back up at the classroom and then discussed all the new changes that needed to be made. The campus brute survey was useful because it helped us organize, replace, and add bins where they were most needed at Tech.

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Written By: Kathy, Oakland Tech Intern 

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Preparing a Lesson Plan for the Green Team Summit

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Student Blog 

During this after-school meeting, we came together to plan our day at the Green Team Summit. Our team chose to focus on the importance of communicating with staff such as administrators, custodians, and teachers.

Our goal was to educate students about the different types of adults they may run into while they implement the sorting system at their school. After establishing our goal, we came up with a way to present our information and tips about implementing the sorting system.

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Written By: Katheline, Oakland Tech Intern 

The team is still in the process of finalizing the workshop for the day. Our team is looking forward to the day!