Students Prepare for Community Engagement Event


Alhambra High interns have spent the year reducing litter and raising awareness about the effects of litter in the Rumrill neighborhoods of San Pablo.  They have removed over 8,000 pieces of litter during their after school assessments, held community input sessions to gain support and advice from the community about how to best focus their efforts, and they have even held on campus events to raise awareness in their fellow youth.

For the past two weeks, the interns have been working away to prepare the final details for an event they have been planning for all year–The Rumrill Community Clean Up.  This event will combine their efforts to reduce litter and to engage the community.  Interns have spent time requesting sponsorships and donation to help fund the event, the have conducted outreach and created flyers to help promote the event, they have secured a central location, they have coordinated the majority of the day’s logistics, and they have prepared speeches to give to the roughly 100 participants expected to attend.  With nerves high, excitement has also been incredibly high, several interns proclaiming, “I can’t believe the event is already here” and “Im nervous, but so excited”.   This weekend’s event will be an event that will push the interns to utilize the skills and knowledge they have been gaining all year long.


STEM Summer Jobs and Internships Presented by Rising Sun and MUSD


Not only are Alhambra interns using their meetings to reduce litter on Rumrill Blvd but they are using that time to develop professional networks as well.  Last week Rona Zollinger, MUSD College and Career Pathway TSA, met with the team to discuss an upcoming career fair and all the ways she serves the school district in ensuring that students succeed after high school.  Rona passed out business cards and encouraged interns to contact her with any job/college related concerns or questions.

Shelby Sugierski, regional manager for Rising Sun, also attended to speak to the interns about an upcoming summer job opportunity.  Rising Sun is recruiting green minded youth to join there team of energy-auditors to assess and improve the energy efficiency of the Martinez area.  All interns were encouraged to apply and were given tips about how to succeed when applying for a job.


Stem Career Opportunities Presented to Earth Team


Earth Team is not just committed to its environmental projects, but also to developing the next generation of green leaders.  Be it through the implementation of service learning projects that give inters the hard skills they need to succeed, public speaking and community engagement opportunities that provide interns with the soft skills they need to succeed, or actually presenting them with opportunities after Earth Team that gives the chance to succeed.

On March 15, 2018, Shelby Sugierski of Rising Sun, and Rona Zollinger of MUSD, joined Earth Team to present to the group about an upcoming summer job opportunity as an energy specialist with Rising Sun and an upcoming career fair presented by MUSD.  Interns were extremely engaged, asking questions and showing real interest in the possibility of working in the environmental field for the summer.  When the presentation was over, several interns stuck around to ask follow up questions and receive applications.  It is a rewarding site to see watching these young people make environmentalism a significant part of their lives and Earth Team strives to bridge the gap into STEM careers or education after graduation.