ROOTS OF SUCCESSEnvironmental Education & Job Training Program
An empowering program that prepares youth and adults for environmental careers and to improve conditions in their communities.
Used in prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, reentry programs, job training programs, schools, youth programs, and other settings. Over 25,000 youth and adults have graduated from our course. Our Apprenticeship program is the first federally recognized Department of Labor “Environmental Educator” Apprenticeship program in the United States.
Our vision is a society that prioritizes social and racial justice, good jobs, thriving communities, and a healthy environment.
Our MissionOur mission is to prepare youth and adults from communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment for environmental careers and post-secondary education and to become activists and leaders who can improve environmental and social conditions in their communities and in society more broadly. We do this by providing education and workforce programs with an empowering environmental education and job training program called Roots of Success.
How It Works
Roots of Success is a multimedia, activity-based curriculum that is facilitated by an instructor and taught in a classroom setting, or taken online. The curriculum is composed of ten modules and can be taught as a stand-alone course or integrated into an existing program.
Programs use Roots of Success because our teaching approach and materials immediately engage individuals who have struggled in school and have barriers to employment and are directly relevant to people who come from low-income communities. Our curriculum strengthens academic and professional skills, increases environmental literacy, focuses on 125 careers that can provide individuals and their families with economic security, and inspires individuals to become activists and leaders who can improve conditions in their communities and in society more broadly.
Inspired by the popular education model, our teaching method engages students, makes learning relevant, builds on previous knowledge and experiences, and connects what students are learning in the classroom to real-world issues. The curriculum uses intensive student engagement, integrated multimedia, and group activities to stimulate students’ intellectual curiosity and ignite their interest in the subject matter because the conversation speaks directly to the students experiences and is relevant to their everyday lives and concerns.
The curriculum design and delivery system actively engage students in the learning process. The curriculum works well for students with different learning styles (kinesthetic, visual, audial) and from diverse backgrounds.
Curriculum Walk Through
Inside the Classroom
Testimonies from inmates "Behind the Wall"
The strength and impact of Roots of Success comes from how it delivers information – it is not simply given to students as if they are open vessels ready to bank information, but as people who learn better when they engage with the material, see and hear content that is relevant to their lives and sparks conversation and are encouraged to learn from one another.
Each module is structured to address 6 key areas:
Work Readiness and Career Pathways
- Used in education, workforce, correctional facility, and reentry settings
- Materials are flexible, adaptable, affordable, easy to use
- Teaching method and materials immediately engage students
- Prepares students to understand and address society’s most pressing environmental and environmental justice problems
- Connects education to employment
- Prepares students for over 125+ environmental jobs and career pathways
- Graduates receive an industry relevant certification
- Students can receive up to 6 units of college credit in some settings
- Health, Food & Agriculture
- Community Organizing & Leadership
- Financial Literacy & Social Entrepreneurship
- Application & Practice
More prepared for job interviews
Better understanding of environmental problems and solutions
Improved basic academic skills
More interested in community engagement
Increased professional vocabulary
Would recommend class to others
More knowledgeable on green careers
Will share what they learn with others
Roots of Success is helping us educate offenders about the importance of conserving resources in our facility. In the last year, we’ve reduced our trash bill from $95,000 to $5,000. It is also helping us to prepare offenders for reintegration and employment.
Roots of Success is the missing ingredient in the green collar jobs landscape: an accessible curriculum that helps people break the cycle of poverty by providing needed job and academic skills while empowering them to improve environmental and public health conditions in their communities.
We are standing on the verge of a new economy and we need to think about who this economy will include, and who it will exclude. The green economy is strong enough to lift people out of poverty, but only if the people who need jobs the most receive training and support for good green jobs.
Interested in scheduling a training, reviewing a sample the curriculum, or simply learning more about how Roots of Success could make an impact on your classroom, reach out to us via email below.