- has diverse life experiences
- interested in connecting with other youth and young adults ages 9-25,
- not afraid to share their ideas.
“I’m in love with a world that’s falling apart”: Meet the 16-year-old from Boulder trying to save the planet
From The Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/08/24/environmental-activist-xiuhtezcatl-martinez-we-day/
BOULDER — Xiuhtezcatl Martinez shuffled into Logan’s Cafe one morning looking like a typical teenager. He wore a black T-shirt and blue sneakers with the laces untied. His nearly waist-length brown hair, which has never been cut for cultural reasons, was slightly tangled at the ends, causing his mom to run to her car for a pink hairbrush.
In some ways, he is like any other 16-year-old. He runs around his neighborhood at 3 a.m. catching Pokemon with his friends. He went through a breakup recently. He’s itching to get his driver’s license.
But he’s also an internationally recognized environmental activist.
Raised in the Aztec tradition — his father is Aztec Indian — he grew up learning that all life is connected and sacred. Martinez started speaking out about climate change and preserving our planet when he was just 6 years old.
“The way that I was raised really helped shape my passion for being a steward for the land,” Martinez said. “Once I started learning all the science and facts behind it, it was very obvious to me that I have a voice that needs to be heard. I’m in love with a world that’s falling apart.”
The 16-year-old activist has given three speeches in front of the United Nations and received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Obama. He currently serves as the youth director of Earth Guardians, an organization of adult and youth environmental activists. In the past, he’s worked with Boulder city officials to stop the use of pesticides in parks and end a 20-year contract with Xcel Energy in order to pursue renewable energy.
Russell Mendell, the trainings coordinator for Earth Guardians, struck up a relationship with Martinez after seeing him perform at a Frack Free Colorado event. He found a lot of common ground with the young activist and worked with him to generate a youth movement for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
“I’ve been called Xiuhtezcatl’s mentor, but the thing is like I feel like he’s my mentor, too. I learn stuff from him every single day,” Mendell said. “He’s just so wise and he can integrate bigger social issues into how he understands the environment. That’s so impressive for someone his age.”
“There are some people in this world who came into the world with a purpose and he’s one of those people.”
Martinez also regularly writes and produces hip-hop music about the environment with his younger brother, Itzcuauhtli, who is 13. He wants to drop a new album in October. The activist has also spoken at more than 100 conferences around the world, most recently at the Arise Music Festival in Loveland. (He had a great time staying up until 4 a.m. meeting his favorite artists, he said.)
Martinez’s latest project? Suing the U.S. government for violating his constitutional rights by enabling continued exploitation of fossil fuels.
At the end of this month, Martinez will share his story on ABC’s second annual WE Day broadcast, a one-hour commercial-free special that explores social issues such as the environment, homelessness and inner-city violence. Celebrities including Charlize Theron, Orlando Bloom, Selena Gomez and Seth Rogen will give speeches and performances at the event. (Kermit the Frog introduced Martinez with “New Girl” actress Zooey Deschanel; her hair was shorter than his, he noted.)
“It’s cool to be invited to represent the youth voice, being a young activist and leader,” Martinez said. “I’m a normal 16-year-old kid, and I feel like I brought the perspective that you don’t have to be famous to make a difference. I was there to hold it down and show that each of us have the potential to make a change.”
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 15, is an influential 15-year-old environmentalist activist who is going to be on television for WE Day, a celebrity studded environmental awareness event. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostXiuhtezcatl Martinez, 15, is an influential 15-year-old environmentalist activist who is going to be on television for WE Day, a celebrity studded environmental awareness event.
After being in the spotlight for so long, Martinez is used to dealing with people older than him in decision-making positions. But when asked about whether or not his age poses a disadvantage in those interactions, he said that while initially it might, people come around eventually.
“Once people understand the sincerity of my message and that I represent a demographic that isn’t heard, they listen,” he said. “I’m not talking about just politics or money or religion, I’m talking about the world that my generation is going to be left with. It’s a very sincere, honest perspective.”
But Martinez has made sacrifices to put himself in that position. He said he loves hip hop and dancing, but wasn’t able to attend a class for months because of his traveling. He also gave up gymnastics and soccer because there wasn’t enough room in his busy schedule for competitions.
Martinez also spends over 65 days a year on average traveling. Last year, he stayed in Paris for nearly a month during the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Over summer break, when most of his peers are off on camping trips or family vacations, Martinez has to make up missed credits at the Watershed School, where he is a sophomore.
“It’s definitely hard doing what I do when I’m 16. If I were a retired dude, it’d be really easy, but I’m not. I don’t spend as much time with friends as I’d like to,” he said. “But writing music helps me release stress for sure — sometimes I just have to abandon all my responsibilities and lose myself in the music.”
Martinez said his identity as an indigenous person plays a large role in his activism. Ever since he can remember, he’s had conversations with his father, Siri, about how the United States has stolen not only natural resources, but also wisdom and ways of life from indigenous people all across the world.
“Everywhere we see indigenous people, we see continued oppression to this day. And when we look at the roots of that, we see patriarchy, white supremacy and capitalism,” Martinez said.
“We need to see that there are systems in place that oppress those already at the bottom, and that continued growth and expansion usually means growth of wealth for the rich and the marginalized communities continue to suffer,” he said. “Climate change is the same — poor women and children of color are impacted the most.”
Siri Martinez said that his son’s environmental awareness began when he watched a documentary about the Earth when he was just 6. The issues presented by the movie hit Martinez really hard and he cried a lot. Siri said after that, he began trying to bring some sort of awareness to other people about the environment.
“We’ve always taught him to be respectful to everything — from people to flowers. That’s how he perceives the world, as something important and sacred that he can’t waste,” Siri said. “The things that he’s doing and saying, to us it’s very normal. That’s what we encouraged and talked about with him.”
Siri said his son has always been very eloquent and bright, so when he encourages people to see things a certain way, he’s extremely powerful.
“It’s always been my responsibility to pass on the things my father taught me to my kids, so I feel very grateful that he receives this knowledge and carries it eloquently to other people, like a strong and beautiful bridge,” he said. “It’s always been a joy to watch him grow and unfold.”
Even though Martinez is deadly serious about his work with the environment, he said he’s still just “this goofy 16-year-old kid who’s passionate about life.” He jams out to Chance The Rapper and J. Cole, plays with his Siberian Husky puppy Koda and goes on sunrise hikes with his friends. That relatability and groundedness is key to his work, he said.
“I’m going through struggles and pain, just like many other young people in the world,” he said. “I share a lot of similarities most young people share with each other, and once I show people that I’ve been able to use my voice and be powerful with it, they realize they have that potential as well. What I would love to see during my lifetime is my voice become less and less pertinent because I’m speaking as a generation, with all those other young people joining hands and lifting up the world together.”
WE Day will be broadcast on ABC at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28.
Please share this opportunity with youth (12-20 years old) that live in Aurora. It is an hour-long focus group and they get a Fitbit!
Salary: $13.91 – $20.30 Hourly$13.91 – $20.30 Hourly
Location: Various locations throughout the City & County of Denver, COVarious locations throughout the City & County of Denver, CO
Job Type: On Call Regular
Department: Parks and Recreation (DPR)
Job Number: CA2583-16 13963
Closing: 9/12/2016 11:59 PM Mountain
The City and County of Denver – Parks and Recreation Department is seeking Community Recreation– Recreation Instructors (Part Time – On Call) for the 2016 season (April through October).
What is Community Recreation within the City and County of Denver?
Community Recreation provides programming and activities for a diverse group of youth, ages 5-16. The Community Recreation team is devoted to engaging the community through facilitating a wide variety of licensed programs and activities. These programs and activities include: After School Programming, Summer/Day Camps, Arts & Crafts, Performing Arts, Health & Wellness, Sports, Cooperative Non-Competitive Games, and Fitness (yoga, etc.). These programs and activities take place on-site at elementary schools, recreation centers and parks throughout the City and County of Denver. Programs operate Monday through Friday afternoons and evenings, with some Saturdays and/or Sundays for the track and/or cross country program. Summer programs run 6 to 8 hours, June through the beginning of August.
Will you be a great addition to the Community Recreation Team?
The Community Recreation team is devoted to actively engaging Denver’s youth through the facilitation of programming that promotes learning, health, and the development of important life skills in a fun and safe environment. Community Recreation Instructors will support and facilitate Community Recreation programming. These Instructors are devoted to enriching the community around them and are passionate about interacting positively with a diverse group of youth.
The current hiring rate for this position is $13.91 hourly.
Only Part Time opportunities are available.
Individual hours will vary between 10 to 30 hours per week.
We offer programming in all of our Recreation Centers throughout the city, so you may have the opportunity to work in more than one location (not required).
Interested? At the City and County of Denver you have the opportunity to work for a progressive public sector organization while building the community around you. Please review the qualifications and click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the posting and/or visit: www.denvergov.org/jobs. Please make sure to complete the application in full.
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- Teach or instruct a variety of activities which may include; homework help, sports (including track and cross country), active games, arts and crafts, dance, drama, fitness, music and various recreational, educational, or cultural enrichment events.
- Provide and maintain a safe and supportive learning environment for all participants.
- Sets up and takes down necessary equipment prior to and after programs and activities.
- Facilitates programming and activities by following prescribed teaching methods and plans.
- Supervises participants and performs behavior management when necessary.
- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
- High School Diploma or GED certificate
- AND a minimum of 6 hours of college coursework in a recreation field, information technology, elementary or secondary education, psychology, sociology, or related field.
- 1 year of experience as a teacher, tutor, counselor, or coach in an organized recreation program, education setting or related field.
- Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirement
- Additional appropriate experience may be substituted for the minimum education requirement except for the high school diploma/GED Certificate.
- Appropriate volunteer experience may be substituted. Please note: This experience must be detailed in the “Work Experience” portion of the application in order to be considered in meeting minimum qualifications.
- By position, a valid Colorado Driver’s License may be required.
- Applicants should have, or be able to obtain, CPR/First Aid Certification, within 6 months of hire.
- Experience in instructing and/or facilitating the aforementioned Community Recreation programs and activities
- Minimum of 960 hours of experience working directly with youth
- Some experience working with youth with disabilities.
- Experience in behavior management and supervision of youth, ages 5 – 16
- Experience in facilitating programming for and/or instructing youth, ages 5 – 16
- Current CPR/First Aid Certification
- Bilingual skills
Classification Title: Recreation Instructor – On Call [CA2583]
Working Title: Community Recreation – Recreation Instructor (Part Time – On Call)
Pay Grade: 607-A
Pay Range: $13.91 – $20.30 Hourly
Agency: Parks and Recreation
To Apply: Please select the apply button at the top of this posting / visit: www.denvergov.org/jobs
Assessments / Testing: This position may require an online or in-person assessment. If testing is required, you will receive an email from AssessmentTeam@denvergov.org with further information about the testing process after the position has closed. Please add AssessmentTeam@denvergov.org to your safe sender list and check you spam or junk mail for this email. For a list of positions that require testing and more information about our testing process, click here.
Pre-employment Screening: An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the successful completion of a background check. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and other verifications required for the position which may include, but are not limited to, employment and/or education verification, motor vehicle record check, drug test, and/or physical. The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment except where federal or state law or regulations prohibit employment of an individual with certain convictions. For more information about the selection and employment screening process, click here.
Probationary Period: This position may require the selected candidate to complete at least a six month probationary period prior to attaining career status with the City & County of Denver. For more information about the probationary period, click here.
The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.
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Please share this opportunity with your networks and youth who may be interested: Xinachtli Youth Group is looking to recruit more youth!!!
We are currently seeking young ladies from 6th-10th grade for our Xinatchtli Youth Leadership program. The program is free of charge for participants and will be held August 16th through September 3rd every Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-8:00 PM at 494 Sheridan Blvd., A-100 Denver CO 80226. Dinner will also be provided at each session.
Xinachtli female rites of passage program, provides the youth with tools to transition into adulthood, develop leadership capacity and community responsibility utilizing an evidence and values based model from the National Compardes Network.
Children’s Hospital Mental Health Youth Action Board Now Accepting Applications for 2016-2017 Board Year
The Children’s Hospital Pediatric Mental Health Institute is recruiting up to 11 passionate youth (ages 15-17) to participate as members of the Children’s Mental Health Youth Action Board (YAB). The board consists of up to 15 youth from across the Denver Metro Area who are interested in improving mental health in Colorado.
Goals of the Youth Action Board:
- Advise Children’s Hospital Pediatric Mental Health Institute on projects and materials to improve patient care.
- Raise the awareness of child and adolescent mental health issues in the communities we serve by creating a project each year that will support social change.
- Develop the leadership and advocacy skills of each board member.
- A young person ages 15-18
- Interested/ passionate about youth mental health
- Able to get to and from Children’s Hospital Colorado
- Available on Tuesdays from 4:30pm-6:00pm starting October 4, 2016
- Interested in making change
Time Commitment and Expectations:
The Youth Board will meet every other week starting October 4th. Meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30-6pm at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the Gary Pavilion, Aurora, CO. Travel stipends are available to youth who need to travel more than 10 miles to Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Aurora campus. Each selected youth will have the opportunity to participate in the 8 hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Training that may be held on a Saturday in late November.
Complete the attached application AND include ONE picture that says something about you, your passion for children’s mental health, your family, or your community then e-mail both the application and picture to Heather.email@example.com by 5pm on September 16th.
Selection will be based on how many young people are interested. We will contact all youth applicants (regardless of whether you are selected or not) no later than September 25th. We are hoping to have a board that represents diverse perspectives, opinions, and ideas and highly encourage male youth to apply.
- Food WILL be provided at EACH meeting
- Each meeting will be facilitated by two adults, one facilitator is a licensed, board-certified therapist
- Each youth board member is expected to commit to a one year term (October 2016-June 2017)
- All events or meetings outside of the times listed above will require additional permission forms.
- Parents/guardians are invited to the first meeting on October 4th.
Questions? Please contact Heather Kennedy at (720) 810-7554 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Register Today! Successes in Adolescent Health: Tools and Techniques to Support Pregnant and Parenting Young People in Breastfeeding
Successes in Adolescent Health:
Tools and Techniques to Support Pregnant and Parenting Young People in Breastfeeding
An education and training event for health care providers, school staff, and others that work with adolescents
MONDAY, AUGUST 15
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT · Registration 9:00 a.m. CT
Location: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Conference Center,225 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
To participate IN PERSON in Chicago REGISTER HERE
To participate ONLINE from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CT* REGISTER HERE
This event will engage providers of pregnant and parenting young people to educate on the barriers faced with breastfeeding, the benefits of breastfeeding that may not be obvious, and to train on effective counseling and interventions, as well as, supportive policies and referral processes in health care settings, schools, and communities that promote breastfeeding. Principles and practices of trauma-informed care will be an underlying theme throughout the day. The event will also provide hands-on training on baby-holding techniques and equipment and supplies for pumping. Other topics related to breastfeeding, such as infant mortality/Safe Sleep, behavioral health issues, and engaging partners and families will also be addressed.
*The ONLINE portion of the event will address practices to promote successful breastfeeding interventions with adolescent patients in health care settings. The session will focus on the prenatal, labor and delivery, and postnatal periods and will also feature ways to provide effective referrals to support young parents in breastfeeding. Expert presenters will share how individual providers can support young parents and also describe health care systems elements and protocols that support the provision of the preventive service as well as additional resources to help care providers and those that coordinate the systems they work in to function smoothly, efficiently, and effectively when providing interventions to promote breastfeeding.
Urban and rural providers that serve pregnant and parenting teens and/or adolescents for health and social services, including, but not limited to:
- health care systems – hospitals, school-based health centers, school nurse offices, health departments, federally-qualified health centers, behavioral health centers,
- schools – middle schools, high schools, alternative schools, etc.
- youth serving agencies
- community centers
- community-based and social service organizations
- foster care
- juvenile justice programs/systems
- case management and other enabling services
- WIC organizations and providers
- HRSA MCHB/Title V grantee organizations and providers
Specific professions include: OBGYNs, Family Practitioners, Pediatricians, Nurses, CHWs, WIC staff, Home Visiting Nurse, Providers, and Case Managers, Lactation Consultants and Peer Mentors, School Administrators, Teachers, School Counselors, and Day Care Providers
To participate IN PERSON in Chicago REGISTER HERE
To participate ONLINE from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. CT* REGISTER HERE
Questions? Please contact Lesley.Craig@hhs.gov.
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health – Region V Adolescent Health Network in partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, EverThrive Illinois, HealthConnect One, Heartland Human Care Services, Inc. | Heartland Alliance, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations – Region V
|Colorado Youth Matter’s Raising the Bar conference is coming up! We couldn’t be more excited, and we hope you’ll be joining us to celebrate recent advancements in youth sexual health – like the fact that more schools than ever are teaching comprehensive sex ed, and that unintended teen birth rates and abortions are dropping. But despite these reasons to celebrate the advancement of youth sexual health in our state, there are still many challenges ahead.|