The Student Movement to #savethebay
Students have an incredible ability and opportunity to help improve the health of the Bay. The mission of CBF's Student Leadership program is to offer students opportunities to expand their knowledge of Bay issues, improve their planning skills, focus on team building, and learn how to lead others to take action to improve water quality in their local communities. We accomplish this by providing summer courses and student-directed opportunities resources to motivated students who want to join in the larger effort of environmental change.
Tenets of CBF Student Engagement
- Students make up their own minds on issues.
We want to place emphasis upon the fact that students who enroll in CBF courses, or are involved with CBF programs that take a position on environmental issues are independent and free to come to their own conclusions. We realize that the strongest educating we can accomplish encourages critical thinking skills that challenge the world in which we live. We need citizens who will think for themselves, and challenge policy makers, individual behaviors, including CBF’s positions. We honor students who have a difference of opinion.
- Students feel empowered, and afterwards possess a sense of accomplishment.
CBF is sensitive to the entire cycle of a student’s experience. At the center of our program, is the goal to promote a strong sense of confidence and self-esteem within students, empowering them, and assisting them in realizing their full potential as leaders. When students choose to engage in a campaign or issue we will celebrate ‘involvement’ in the process. By emphasizing the learning process involved with student action, we will help students identify their leadership strengths and courage to act. We will encourage students to be lifelong citizen activists, involved not just in today’s issues but prepared to engaging in those of tomorrow.
- Students advocate using their own voice and personal experiences.
Experiencing the watershed is the heart of every CBF Education program. We believe that when students feel connected to their ecosystem, they will find motivation to protect it. Accordingly, we believe that the most genuine testimonies come from those who speak from their own experiences and share what they have seen, heard, and felt themselves.
- CBF provides field experiences, which honor differing perspectives and demonstrate that solutions to ecological issues are often complex.
There are often multiple sides to any story, and while CBF will take positions on environmental issues, we also want to recognize that there are differing positions reflecting alternate opinions or priorities. We believe that the best way to prepare students is to provide them with a complete understanding of an issue, and to share opposing positions or meet with people who come to different conclusions. We want critical thinkers, who can examine multiple perspectives, think out of the box, and create new solutions.
- CBF will assist students and schools with their media outreach.
An important component to any action is the ability to communicate. As such, CBF will help prepare students to understand how their words and thoughts can be utilized. We may work to pair students and schools with appropriate media outlets and messaging.
Our student project resources page has activities and guides for students to do environmental projects on their own.If you are planning a project or have already started one, let us know!
Contact us at 410-268-8816 or SLcoordinator@cbf.org.