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Empowering Students through Train-the-Trainer Workshops

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Empowering Students through Train-the-Trainer Workshops
Case Study Presentation
Ms. Tahira Mohamad Abbas, RCE Greater Portland
8th Americas Regional Meeting
23-25 September, 2019, Burlington, USA

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Empowering Students through Train-the-Trainer Workshops

  1. 1. 8th RCE Americas Conference: “Human Health & The Environment” September 23-25, 2019 Burlington, VT Empowering Students Through Train-the-Trainer Workshops Tahira M.Abbas, M.A RCE Greater Portland abbas.m.tahira@gmail.com
  2. 2. Mental Health & Well-being  Mental health effects: integral parts of the overall climate-related human health impacts  Lack of visibility: “not merely the absence of disease”  SDG 3 / Target 3.4 : 1st time explicitly on a global agenda  Prioritizing mental health: central to achieving the SDGs
  3. 3. Linking the physical and psychological impacts of climate change. (INFOGRAPHIC BY ECOAMERICA)
  4. 4. The Narrative  Media and culture representations  Routine exposure to risk messages: doom & gloom  Climate skepticism
  5. 5. Adverse Effects  Routine exposure to information about overarching threats : adverse  Sense of cynicism, hopelessness, fatalism, heightened risk perceptions, etc.  Eroded sense of self and collective control; anxiety disorders  Psychological barrier to active involvement: solutions seem insignificant to scale and magnitude of threats.
  6. 6. How To Address Challenges?  How do we overcome psychological barriers that inhibit engagement and build awareness to empower students?  GPSEN collaborated with experts to design trainings addressing sustainability issues through eco-psychology and social justice lenses. Trainings created by:  Kathy Stanley, M.A.  Rebecca Lexa, M.A.  Kevin Thomas, M.A.
  7. 7. Train-the-Trainer Model  Leverage resources  Scale up impact  Higher satisfaction  Sustainable practices  Cost-efficient
  8. 8. Structure & Curriculum: GPSEN Motto EDUCATE: Grounded in educational foundations EMPOWER: Promote attitudes and tools to make a difference ENGAGE: Provide proactive strategies and pathways
  9. 9. Train-the-Trainer Workshop Series  “Strategies for Hope and Resilience” (Piloted February, 2017)  “Facing Climate Change” (Piloted April, 2017)  "Empowering Students for Environmental Justice“ (Piloted May, 2019)
  10. 10.  Funded by:  Portland Community College’s Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)  PCC’s Student Government Eco-Social Justice Initiative  Funds supported trainer fees, course materials, operations & refreshments  Administered by GPSEN
  11. 11. Outcomes  70 students attended PCC workshops  45 Oregon Department of Environmental Quality employees trained  45 participants in AASHE presentation  9 participants in AASHE pre-conference workshop  50 people attended Global RCE workshop in Japan (2017)
  12. 12. Lessons Learned:  A strong need for these lessons  A collaborative community is needed for this work  Work closely with trainers to achieve desired outcomes  Include more interactive activities  Provide more time to dig into tough topics Next Steps:  Requests to offer each of the workshops in the coming year  Will continue to revise and improve workshops  Collaborate with student clubs for leadership development  Increase community partnerships  Align workshops with SDGs
  13. 13. GAP Priority Action Areas  3: Building Capacities of Educators and Trainers  4: Empowering and Mobilizing Youth  5: Accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level
  14. 14. Upcoming project: Research-Practice-Policy SDGs Meet-ups  Bridging the gap between sustainability stakeholders in research, practice, and policy on each of the SDGs  GAP 1: Advancing policy  GAP 5: Accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level
  15. 15. Current GPSEN Initiatives  Governance: strategic plan; apply for grants  Outreach & Communications: advance partnerships  Research & Curriculum: expand Fellows program  Programs & Events: UN Days; Fall EcoChallenge; Train-the-Trainer Workshops; Sustainability Symposium; and Networking Socials  Mentoring new RCEs in US  For more: visit RCE Portal/GPSEN website: www.gpsen.org
  16. 16. Future partnerships  Focus on partnerships with private sector  Portland’s largest employers are health care providers: OHSU, Providence health, KAISER Permanente  Exploring opportunities for partnerships with local health care providers  KAISER report on climate action (2019)  In addition to partnerships with:  Technology Industries  Media Stations  K-12 Schools
  17. 17. Thank You! Questions or Comments? Tahira M. Abbas, M.A. abbas.m.tahira@gmail.com www.gpsen.org