About Roots of Success

Our Team

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Our Mission

To prepare youth and adults from communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment for environmental careers and to become activists and leaders who can improve environmental and social conditions in their communities and in society more broadly

 

Our Vision

A society that prioritizes social and racial justice, good jobs, thriving communities, and a healthy environment

 

Our Story

Roots of Success was created by Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes, Professor of Urban Studies & Planning at San Francisco State University and an internationally recognized expert on the green economy and green workforce training. The curriculum is informed by Dr. Pinderhughes’ decades of experience working with and teaching underserved populations, and in-depth research with employers in 21 sectors of the green economy, and in response to the growing momentum to promote sustainable development and provide good jobs for individuals with significant barriers to employment – fighting pollution and poverty simultaneously.

In 2021, Roots of Success was approved by the federal Department of Labor as the nation’s first “Environmental Literacy Instructor” Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Some programs that have used ROS

 

Community Colleges

  • Beaumont Independent School District Adult Education
  • Berkeley City College
  • Bronx Community College Future Now
  • Cañada College
  • Chicago Botanic Garden (Windy City Harvest)
  • College of the Mainland Continuing Education
  • Community College of Vermont
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • EastSide University
  • Guilford College
  • Harris County Department of Education Adult Education
  • Houston Community College
  • Laney College
  • Lone Star College
  • Skyline College
  • Texas A&M AgriLife

 

Environmental Organizations

  • Association for Energy Affordability
  • Bayou Rebirth
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp.
  • EarthMatters
  • East Michigan Environmental Action Council
  • Environmental Coalition for Water
  • Global Exchange
  • Going Green Living Bling
  • Green Connection Resource Center
  • Green Youth Art & Media Center
  • Grind for the Green
  • Jazz Root
  • KCP+L SmartGrid
  • Kheprw Institute
  • Lawrence Hall of Science
  • Let’s Raise A Million (LRAM)
  • Mothers on the Move
  • Mountain View Solar and Wind
  • Sierra Club
  • Solar One
  • Spiritual Empowerment Equals
  • Sustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families (SURREF)
  • The BLK Projek
  • The Climate Project
  • The Garden Project
  • The Green Project
  • The Willowell Foundation
  • Urban Agenda

 

Government

  • City of Omaha Planning Department
  • City of Texas City Department of Recreation and Tourism
  • Marin County CDC
  • Marin County Office of Education
  • Marin Employment Connection
  • Mission Solano
  • NYC Department of Education
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • SF Dept of the Environment
  • Solano County Health and Social Services Dept.
  • Solano County Sheriff’s Office
  • Solano County Youth & Family Services
  • Solano Employment Connection
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Washington County Youth Service Bureau

 

Re-entry Programs

  • Marin County Probation
  • Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA)
  • The Garden Project
  • Wilbur Wright College
  • Windy City Harvest

 

Prisons, Jails & Juvenile Justice Facilities

  • Cook County Sheriff’s Boot Camp
  • East River Academy
  • Five Keys
  • Franklin Medical Center
  • Grafton Correctional Institution
  • Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility
  • Marion Correctional Institution
  • Montgomery County Correctional Facility
  • New Mexico Corrections Department
  • Northeast Pre-Release Center
  • Ohio Central School System
  • Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Ohio Green Prison Project
  • Ohio Reformatory for Women
  • Pickaway Correctional Institution
  • Richland Correctional Institution
  • Rikers Island
  • Southeastern Correctional Institution (SCI)
  • Southern State Correction Facility

 

High Schools and Youth Programs

  • BACK/MCOE at County Community School
  • Berkeley Youth Alternatives
  • Blanche Kelso Bruce Academy
  • Boston Youth Environmental Network
  • Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service
  • Brotherhood Sister Sol
  • Catherine Ferguson Academy
  • CCA Academy
  • Co-op Technical School
  • DoE – District 79
  • Ecology Center Youth Environmental Academy
  • Evans Solutions, Inc.
  • Global Student Embassy
  • Harris County Department of Education
  • Incite Focus
  • Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center
  • Mission High School
  • NYC Dept. of Education
  • Police Athletic League of New York City RISE Program
  • ReSource Youth Build
  • Thompson Island Outward Bound
  • Toltecalli High School
  • Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
  • Vermont Green Youth Services
  • Vermont Youth Development Corps
  • Vermont Youth Services
  • Vietnamese Youth Development Center
  • Youth Build
  • Youth Build Cypress Hills
  • Youth Build Louisville
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited

 

Advocacy Organizations

  • Bayou Healers
  • Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Boston Workers Alliance
  • Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.
  • Chittenden Emergency Food Self
  • Christian Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Community Food Advocates
  • Community Housing Partnership
  • Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (National)
  • Environmental Justice Advocates of MN
  • Friends of the Urban Forest
  • George Washington Carver Urban Science Alliance
  • Green For All (National)
  • Green Futures LA
  • Green Initiative of South Dallas
  • Greening Detroit
  • Healthy Partnership
  • J. Cole Recovery Homes, Inc.
  • League of Young Voters
  • Literacy Chicago
  • Louisiana Bucket Brigade
  • Martha O’ Bryan Community Center
  • MassCOSH
  • MQVN Community Development Corporation
  • Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist
  • Navajo Green Jobs Coalition
  • Nebraskans for Peace
  • New Energy Economy
  • New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
  • NLEN
  • Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
  • Push Buffalo
  • Rosewood House
  • Sera, Inc.
  • Social Justice Learning Institute
  • Southwest Organizing Project
  • Tewa Women United
  • The Horticultural Society of New York
  • Tierra y Libertad Organization
  • Urban Strategies Inc.

 

Historically Black Colleges & Universities

  • Fight for Light
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Dillard University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Howard University
  • Jackson State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Morris Brown College
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • Spelman College

 

Job Training Programs

  • A. Philip Randolph Institute
  • Ashoka Youth Venture
  • Asian Neighborhood Design/Success Centers
  • Bayview YMCA
  • BIG: Blacks in Green
  • Black Belt Community Based Tourism Network (BBCBTN)
  • Blueprint Foundation
  • Boston Youth Environmental Network
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative
  • Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
  • Buckelew
  • Build Up Detroit
  • Career Connect
  • Center Point Inc.
  • Clean Air Coalition of Western NY
  • Clean City
  • Collective Roots
  • Connections to Success
  • Consortium for Worker Education
  • Cook County Green Corps
  • Cook County Works
  • CORE USA
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Green Energy Warriors
  • Cypress Hills LDC
  • Detroiters Work for Environmental Justice
  • DHHS Marin County Employment Connection
  • East Bay Green Jobs Corps Initiative
  • Earthmatters and facilitator with Community Food Advocates
  • Economic Development (SEEED)
  • EcoTrust
  • Enterprise for Equity
  • Environmental and Construction Pre-Apprentice Program
  • Golden Ciphers
  • Goodwill Bronx
  • Goodwill Industries International
  • Goodwill Oklahoma
  • Goodwill Seattle
  • Green City Force
  • Green Connection
  • Green Door
  • Green Impact Zone
  • Green Jobs
  • Green Opportunities
  • Green Streets
  • Groundwork Nola
  • Grow Pittsburgh
  • Grow Up Green
  • Growing Home
  • Houston Center for Literacy
  • IBEW
  • Jewish Vocational Service
  • Jobs Training
  • Justice for All
  • Limitless Vistas Inc.
  • Linking Learning to Life
  • Literacy Advance of Houston
  • Louisiana Green Corps
  • Marin City CDC
  • Marin County Office of Education – ROP
  • Marin Employment Connection
  • Maxima Educational Group, LLC
  • New York City District Council of Carpenters
  • Nguzo Saba Gardens
  • Nontraditional Employment for Women
  • NW Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition
  • OAI, Inc.
  • OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center
  • One Economy Corp
  • One World Green
  • PathStone
  • PA Horticultural Society Roots to Reentry Partnership
  • PeoriaCorps
  • PowerCorps PHL
  • Ramah Navajo Indian Reservation
  • ReSource
  • Richmond BUILD
  • Rising Sun Energy Center
  • San Mateo Co. HSA Green Jobs Academy
  • Sankofa Vision
  • Seattle Jobs Initiative
  • SEVCA
  • SF Conservation Corps
  • Skeo Solutions (National)
  • SoBRO
  • Solar Richmond
  • Sustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families (SURREF)
  • Sustainable South Bronx
  • The Osborne Association
  • The Otesha Project UK
  • Tricycle Gardens
  • Urban League of Greater Cleveland
  • Urban Tilth/RYSE
  • US Green Building Council
  • UVM Extension 4H Agricultural Youth Project
  • Vermont Adult Learning
  • Vermont Green
  • Vermont Green Jobs
  • Vermont Works for Women
  • Vermont Youth Conservation Corp.
  • Vermont Youth Development Corps
  • Vermont Youth Tomorrow
  • Women’s Re-entry Achievement Program
  • Young Community Developers, Inc.
  • Youth Services

Roots of Success has partnered with programs in 40 states, Puerto Rico, the UK, and South Africa. There are more than 1,800 trained and certified instructors worldwide.

Contact Us

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.