Brower Youth Awards


The New Leaders Initiative partners with local organizations and hosts local events in the Bay Area.


Our poetry slam is back! Join us on June 26th, 6:30 pm at SoleSpace in downtown Oakland (1714 Telegraph Ave) for A Youth Poetry Slam: Raising Our Voices for Environmental JusticeCome as a poet or as audience to share and celebrate self-expression. Poetry can be about environmentalism, social justice, or whatever diverse issues are affecting our communities in the Bay Area. There will also be a live DJ and food provided. This event is co-hosted by the New Leaders Initiative, Youth Impact Hub and New Voices Are Rising and sponsored by CLIF bar.


On February 7, 2019, from 6:30-8 pm at SoleSpace in downtown Oakland (1714 Telegraph Ave), we put on an event called “Path to Purpose: How to Get Paid for Social Justice and Environmental Activism.” This event was co-hosted by the New Leaders Initiative, New Voices Are Rising, and Youth Impact Hub. It featured a Q & A session with environmental professionals from our community and then a speed networking activity with other youth and mentors from the Bay Area. DJ and free food included!


In July 2018, we held an event titled “Raising Our Voices for Environmental Justice: a Youth Poetry Slam” at SoleSpace (1714 Telegraph Ave) in downtown Oakland. This event was co-hosted by New Voices are Rising, Youth Impact Hub, and Rooted in Resilience and sponsored by Clif Bar.


In March 2018, we had an event titled “What Does Food Justice Mean to You?” that took place in a garden in Oakland. This event was co-hosted by Girls Inc, Oakland Food Policy Council and Phat Beets.

In October 2017, we hosted a networking mixer event for youth titled “The Road to Social Justice Activism and Environmental Careers.” This networking and mixer event for youth took place at Sole Space in downtown Oakland.