Are you or do you know high school students interested in how the Bay Area deals with issues like environmental justice, housing and transportation equity, community health and social justice? Four regional government agencies are sponsoring an online Bay Area Summer Academy to provide insights into how regional governments address these issues and how the public, including students, can help advance equity across the Bay Area.
Students from low-income households are encouraged to apply – the deadline has been extended to April 11.
During weekly one-hour online seminars in July 2022, students will learn about:
- What regional agencies do and the skills needed for a future career in the public sector.
- How to weigh in on decisions that impact the air we breathe, the neighborhoods we live in, how we get to work, school, exercise, and other factors that shape our communities’ health.
- How students can have a voice in making decisions that benefit their communities.
- Questions like how long is a bridge supposed to last? Why are there so many potholes? Why is housing so costly? Is the water really rising around the Bay?
Participating students will attend online sessions, complete quizzes, and make a brief presentation on a local challenge involving transportation, housing, environmental justice and/or related topics.
Upon completing the Bay Area Summer Academy, students will receive a certificate to include in college, vocational and/or job applications.
To apply for the Academy, students must live and attend high school in the Bay Area, be 16 years old and have completed the ninth grade by July 2022, be able to attend online seminars and present on a topic related to the seminars, and if the student is under 18, have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate.
Enrollment is limited, and selections will emphasize a diversity of perspectives from students across the Bay Area. Grade point averages are not considered.
Participating agencies include the the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
For more information and to apply for the academy, go to: http://mtc.one/BayAreaSummerAcademy2022.