Virtual Speaker Series: Environmental Stewardship and Youth
Thu Sep 17 | 7pm-8:30pm | Virtual
In this panel presentation, we'll be hearing from Jamie Rosenthal of Roots Down, Daniel Jones of Greening Youth Foundation, and Travys Harper of Trees Atlanta to discuss youth education and environmental stewardship.
This panel will explore innovative strategies to teach youth about the importance of environmental stewardship and growing food, and raise awareness of future career tracks for youth.
Jamie is the Founder/Director for Roots Down. He previously owned and worked his farm, Wolfscratch Farm, in northern Georgia for 8 years. The time he, and many others, have spent struggling to make ends meet on small farms made Jamie search for a better way to produce food. Recently, Jamie combined his farming and landscaping experience to create Roots Down. The organization ensures that food is produced in urban settings, while also providing a living wage for those growing that food.
Daniel Jones, Ph. D. is Greening Youth's Director of Urban Youth Corps. Daniel Jones was born and raised in Illinois, he currently holds a B.S. and M.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance with a specialization in leisure and youth studies from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. With almost a decade of experience working with at-risk and disabled youth, he has presented lectures and sessions on leisure activity and consumer satisfaction, resiliency at camp, the importance of minority recruitment, and youth development versus a problems-based approach at conferences from New York to California.
Travys Harper is Trees Atlanta's Workforce Supervisor. He has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from Auburn University. He is been part of the Trees Atlanta staff for three years and a half and actually supervises the Youth Tree Team. The Youth Tree Team is a summer employment opportunity that gives high school students exposure to forestry, landscape design, horticulture, and arboriculture.
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