2011 Youth Summit - Congratulations to Contest Winner Langdon!
In an energetic and inspiring day at George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium, the 2011 Earth Force Youth Summit showcased DC middle school students' ideas for addressing community environmental problems through civic action. Approximately 260 students, teachers, and partners participated in the event. Ten finalists in the Caring for Our Watersheds contest, sponsored by Agrium, presented their project proposals on what they could do to improve their watersheds, and partner organizations led engaging activities fostering environmental awareness, critical thinking, and civic skills.
Langdon Education Campus won first place for their project to create a board game to be used as an educational resource for schools in the community. As a group, students from Lola Odukoya's class at Langdon won $1000. All finalist classrooms won cash prizes and each school submitting proposals also received $250. Also recognized at the Youth Summit was teacher Amy Storlie of Kramer Middle School, who received the Outstanding Stewardship Award for her commitment to environmental service learning.
Prior to the announcement of the winning school entries, executive director Amy Cohen of George Washington University's Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service addressed the students, emphasizing the importance of their continuing community involvement and of their Earth Force service-learning experience. The Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service was the university sponsor for the Youth Summit.
Caring for Our Watersheds - Final Standings
Caring for Our Watersheds is sponsored by Agrium, which awarded nearly $5000 in prizes to schools and students, and is also providing $10,000 to help implement the students’ ideas.
Many thanks to our Youth Summit Sponsors!
And thank you to our many community partners that helped make the Youth Summit such a wonderful event!
Anacostia Watershed Society · Alice Ferguson Foundation
District Department of the Environment · DC Water
George Washington University Office of Sustainability
National Environmental Education Foundation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration · National Park Service
Saturday Environmental Academy · US Geological Survey