One of Living Closer Foundation’s core strategic missions is to train leaders, for today and the future. They are committed to empowering all learners, from kindergartners to graduate students, to become active participants in their world as the implications of climate change and health create an urgent need for awareness and action.
A group of LCF’s Active Citizen leaders who are now teens has continued to advocate for their health and the environment since they started in fifth grade. Working alongside our current Active Citizen students, they are inspired by young transformative leaders, like Greta Thunberg, who are exposing the urgency for world leaders to act now and implement responsible global climate change policy.
In higher education, LCF is offering a Graduate Medical Education fellowship for physicians in climate and health science policy. The first non-governmental fellowship of its kind, we partner with the University of Colorado and Harvard Medical School to empower physicians to become leaders in the field of climate change and health.
Active Citizen, an initiative created by Living Closer Foundation, gives children in Colorado an opportunity to speak up and advocate for change. Through creative education, film, and live performance, Active Citizen provides fun opportunities for kids to engage their adult community and present their solutions to issues that affect them directly. They work with their peers, their school community as well as with health professionals and state policymakers.
Check out Indian Ridge Elementary students at the Colorado State Capitol, on Children’s Health Day, and at their other events, speaking up! View content below and on our blog.
Skippy the Super Roo
Meet Skippy the Super Roo, our Hero of Superfoods!
Meet Skippy the Super Roo, our Hero of Superfoods! Skippy promotes healthy eating to help end the development of type 2 diabetes and obesity in children. In our free thirty-minute educational film,The Big Race - Pickles and Skippy, the Super Roo, Skippy, and his best friend Pickles are challenged to make it across Mud Creek ahead of their arch-rival and sugar-crazed opponent, Rex.
Will Skippy make it after a night of vegging out!? Find out in The Big Race - Pickles and Skippy, the Super Roo, starring our Active Citizen students, and check out the accompanying curriculum that caters to children aged three to ten.
We began to work with Project Elea in 2017 as a way to assist the refugees pouring out of the Middle East and North Africa. Project Elea is comprised of a group of volunteers from around the world who work collaboratively with the residents of Eleonas Refugee Camp in Athens to improve living standards and community well-being.
In addition to providing basic services such as food and clothing distribution, great emphasis goes into creative engagement through activities focusing on education, sports, culture, environment, and skill-sharing for both children and adults. While most of the help Project Elea receives is in the form of volunteer time (3-week minimum), we have donated much-needed clothing and shoes and funds to support a computer lab to help with English language learning and career training.
Our latest collaboration with Project Elea is the Colours Project - Check out their description below:
COLOUR IS COMING TO ELEONAS! 🌈For over two years the Eleonas community has been transforming their environment into a more comfortable, social and ultimately more beautiful place to live. A place where the idea of ‘making the most of what you have’ is a constant source of inspiration to everyone.Thanks to the support from Living Closer Foundation we now have the opportunity to bring extra life to the camp by painting all of the houses in different colours; better reflecting the beauty and spirit of the people who have found themselves living here.
While we reject policies that leave people living in camps, we remain committed to working within this reality, to support an environment from which the people can flourish.
Check out the video for a sneak peek of the work so far!