The Youth Brigade engages teens in learning about environmental and public health challenges and working on community improvement projects.

The project combines a commitment to building a sustainable future in Goyena, new efforts to address difficult community/public health/environmental problems, and investments in youth as future leaders.

Goals:

    • Youth learn about community challenges through research and exploration focused on specific community challenges.
    • Brigade members work as interns with NHLSCP education, public health, or domestic violence prevention programs.
    • Build capacity of community leadership (both youth and adult) to analyze development/ project options and make choices, specifically in relation public health and sustainable development.

The Youth Brigade offers small stipends to students who commit to work with the Brigade 10 hours per week. The stipends are used to pay for school expenses, which help lessen the pressure to leave school to seek work.

Projects have included:

      • Environmental/science education in the Afterschool Program and Preschool.
      • Trash burning education related to health impacts and trash disposal options.
      • Creating household gardens.
      • Clean Cook Stove outreach and education.
      • Water quality research and research of possible improvements.