Through my time with Greening Forward, I am always learning new things about our organization. With every new person we add to the team, with every new program that we create, with every grant that we give, and with every young person we can empower at our conference, I learn more about how we have been able to make an impact in the world. Greening Forward has been able to capitalize on a growing environmental movement and a plentiful supply of passionate young people, to allow us to actually create the difference we wish to see in the world, year after year. After almost 2 years with the organization, I see it as a true frontrunner in the development of a new generation of leaders who have the capacity to change everything.
Greening Forward has grown to be one of the largest youth-led nonprofits in the country since its founding in 2008, and it has been able to accomplish things that many would not think possible for a student-led group. As of December 2018, Greening Forward has given out over $80,000 in grants to young people through our grant program, the Earth Savers Club. In the spring of 2018, Greening Forward and the NYC Department of Education’s Sustainability Initiative hosted the 6th Annual International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit, which saw students from across the country come together to network with peers, develop as leaders, and learn specific skills for them to make a difference in their community. And, over the summer we were able to expand our presence internationally to Cameroon, through the inspirational work and dedication of our team member Perise Forbi. There, we have been able to help empower a whole country’s worth of young people who had never before had the opportunity to learn their true capabilities.
Young people across the world are ready to tackle the biggest environmental challenges that face our society today. However, our society must open up with leadership opportunities, forums, and other outlets for these young leaders to express themselves in a meaningful way, or else their impact can never be truly felt. With your support, Greening Forward will remain dedicated to pursuing its goal of empowering the global population of young people to be the leaders that we all need, both for today and tomorrow.
Come with us through our 2018 Annual Report as we highlight what Greening Forward has accomplished, and what you should be excited for heading into the next year.