Youth Leadership & Workforce Development

What is Youth Leadership & Workforce Development?

Through our youth leadership and workforce development programs, we work to guide and inspire students to understand sustainability principles and gain practical skills through hands-on projects that can help shape their decisions about further study, careers and as future leaders.

These programs foster skills that can provide steady employment, improve local communities and restore the environment. We are moving forward with establishing a comprehensive program for high school students aligned with leadership skills, hands-on training and certification, and have started an adult education program for those looking to build professional sustainable landscaping skills.

The goal is to guide and inspire students to live happy and healthy lives within the environmental capacity of one planet, to develop an understanding of sustainability principles and equip them with practical skills to make a difference while preparing them for the next green economy.

Youth Environmental Leadership Fellowship

Starting in January 2022 in Benicia and February 2022 in Vacaville!

High school students interested in learning and leading in environmental justice efforts are invited to join.

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Youth Cooking Program

Teens learn basic kitchen skills and recipes and the value of supporting their local food system.

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2022 PDC

(September 2022-February 2023)

Develop a broad understanding of permaculture and design in a program combining class work with hands-on learning.

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DIY Sustainable Design

A four-part garden design series to create a sustainable, resilient landscape.

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Additional Resources

News and Updates

Reflections on Environmental Injustice Research & Shaping New Fellowship Program

Reflections on Environmental Injustice Research & Shaping New Fellowship Program

Allison McCabe is a rising Benicia High School junior and passionate about environmental science. She won this year’s Solano County Science and Engineering Fair with her research on toxins found in soil samples in Benicia and Vallejo — research she undertook to examine environmental justice issues in Solano County. We are excited to be working with her to shape Sustainable Solano’s environmental justice fellowship in Benicia for the coming school year.