WUFT News

Third annual Gainesville youth event scheduled

By on September 14th, 2012

By Sarah Samuels – WUFT-FM

Tomorrow the Cultural Arts Coalition along with the Mayor’s Office will be hosting the third annual Gainesville and Alachua County Environmental Youth Summit.

Nkwanda Jah, director for the Cultural Arts Coalition and event organizer, says students will be able to learn about natural resources from organizations such as GRU, the county Environmental Protection Department and Santa Fe College. She says she hopes the event will spark interest among the younger generation.

“We believe if we get them while they are young, they will grow to be better stewards of our natural resources.

They also are making an effort to bring communities of color into being active, Jah said.

Jah says many of the students have been honored within their communities for environmental projects they completed through the Youth Summit.

“Our students have been recognized by the City of Gainesville and proclamation fo the mayor. Been recognized in their own organizations, Upward bound.

Jah says the event grows every year in order to give the students more opportunities for leadership roles.

“The first year we did it, the adults were the organizers and the presenters, “Last year students were the presenters and the speaker. We hoping that next year we’ll step it up to the students being organizers as well as presenters.”

Jah says the Youth Summit will be held at the new environmentally conscious GRU Eastside Operations Center.

“We will be the first community organization to use GRU’s new facility on North Main and we are really excited about that,” Jay said. “It has the garden on the roof, which shows you GRU’s consciousness on the environment.”

Currently 128 students are signed up to attend the four-hour event


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Meg Taylor, 31, spins fire beside the drum circle at the Jam.

Gainesville’s Jam Set to Close

Local bar and music venue The Jam will close its doors this November after lease troubles and other plans for the area.


IMG_2694

Pizza and Parrot Lovers Come Together

Parrots and Pizza, a local group that meets monthly at Napolatano’s Restaurant in Gainesville, works closely with the Open Wings Rescue and Sanctuary in a joint effort to get attendees of the event to adopt parrots in need of new homes.


IMG_1085-200x300

Santa Fe Apes Get a New Home

Two-year-old Rainer received her first extreme home makeover, with renovations costing $350,000. Her new space is 70 feet in length, complete with rope courses, trees and tunnels.


Two Organizations Team Up For Second Time On Smokey Bear Park Developement

The Gainesville Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs will work again with the Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation to renovate Smokey Bear Park, which both organizations contributed to creating in 1963.


Racheal Morrison, 29, spends time on Grace Marketplace campus Wednesday. The campus is preparing for flu season by disinfecting and attempting to vaccinate everyone with flu mist.

Grace Marketplace Worried About Spread Of Illness On Site

A resident of local homeless shelter Grace Marketplace diagnosed with scabies is causing concern about disease transmission and control. Grace Marketplace are concerned about a potential outbreak of an airborne disease.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments