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Are you a NYC-based youth interested in environmental health and artivism?


Calling all NYC-based youth (ages18-24) interested in environmental health and justice issues, as well as using art to engage our NYC communities. 

Applications are due Sunday, May 1st by 11:59 EDT 

Our Crew is looking for New York City-based youth (ages 18-24) to participate in a two-month fellowship as part of our pilot program designed to showcase how community-based leadership and creativity are central to the health and wellbeing of our City.  

Our Urban Environmental Health Lab (UEHL)  is experimenting with new ways to build resilience to environmental health threats, while more creatively connecting our communities to diverse pollution prevention tools. The two-year pilot brings NYC health experts together with local artists to create interactive exhibits throughout NYC, a series of virtual and in-person community workshops,  and free, public soil, air, and water testing via a mobile testing lab. 


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We will select six Youth Fellows, who engage, educate, and show passion for environmental and social justice through their creativity. Each fellow will have the opportunity to attend community workshops and a variety of studio, office, and lab visits led by local artists and environmental leaders. Fellows will work in pairs to create a project inspired by the topics covered in these workshops with the goal to produce community environmental testing focused on air, soil, or water. This project can involve anything from art to technology to education and everything in between.


Our Fellows will receive many exciting benefits, including: 

  • International recognition as a youth leader in their community

  • Two-months of creative, professional development support (June 1st- August 1, 2022)

  • Training from The Moth on storytelling

  • A citywide platform to share their knowledge and initiatives 

  • Mentorship from a network of diverse NYC-based environmental and arts experts

  • Collaboration with another Youth Fellow to creatively communicate their work and impact

  • $1000 stipend per person upon completion of the Fellowship and $500 to fund their group vision/project


Youth Fellows will be asked to participate in: 

  • Weekly, virtual and in-person networking meetings with Fellowship cohort (approximately 15 hours per week: 5 hours of visits/ experiences and 10 hours towards working on project)

  • Weeklong storytelling training 

  • One public workshop on their expertise

  • One social media takeover day

  • Meetings with Impact Environmental Health Fellow (timeline will be set together)


Applicants must have a strong connection to NYC, preferably to communities with histories of facing environmental justice issues.


Are you ready to join?  Apply today.  

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The Human Impacts Institute inspires environmental action for social good through the arts and culture. 


The Moth Community Program provides the space, tools, and expertise for people to practice the art and craft of personal storytelling. Through workshops and performance opportunities, participants shape selected life experiences into well-crafted stories and share them with members of their communities and beyond.

The Urban Systems Lab is an interdisciplinary research, design and practice space at The New School that provides new insight into developing more equitable, resilient, and sustainable cities. The Lab’s work advances cutting edge science, data visualization, and computation to develop systemic solutions to social and environmental challenges driving inequity and injustice in urban areas.

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.6 million residents of Brooklyn.

Thanks to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for supporting this program.

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