Marie Hogan is 10 years old and in the fifth grade. She is a Fair Trade advocate and a "Sweet Smarts Captain" for Global Exchange's youth advocacy program.
Tania has evolved from "at risk youth" to community activist and organizer. She works with Urban Tilth, a Richmond non-profit manifesting a more sustainable, healthy and just food system. Also, Tania works with Youth Movement Records and RYSE Center as a media and arts Assistant Program Coordinator. In the summer of 2011, she was awarded the Youth Champion Award for her environmental activism at the Fresh Fest presented by Grind for the Green. Conscious Youth Media Crew nominated her to premier on the "Toxic Triangle" documentary. The City of Richmond presented her with the Martin Luther King Richmond Community Leadership and Service Award. Tania is in college pursuing her B.A in Environmental Studies and Media.
Adarsha Shivakumar is head of the Youth Board for the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) and a Senior at
Zen Trenholm is a third year student at City College of San Francisco and Co-President of the CCSF Green Corps. He also serves as Treasurer and Project Director for the California Student Sustainability Coalition. Zen has worked to establish sustainability through local projects, such as his campus' upcoming farmers market. He has also participated in statewide campaigns, such as the Power Vote CA movement to defeat Prop. 23. His work in fighting against severe cuts in education, and in promoting clean energy and sustainable economies, will take him and his fellow student activists to Washington D.C. for Powershift 2011.
United Roots is Oakland's Green Youth Arts Media Center. United Roots engages and empowers marginalized youth in a safe and healing environment through youth leadership, arts and media training, career and workforce development and community engagement projects. United Roots offers free classes and paid training opportunities to youth ages 13-24 in music production, graphic design, video production and web design. The United Roots Community Center in Oakland is green, and youth leaders from the program repurposed the space with non-voc paints, recycled carpeting and bamboo flooring. The media center is powered by solar panels, and the building has a rainwater containment system, an aquaponics system and a permaculture parking lot garden.