Authors: Maritza Martinez, Fellowship Program Manager Class 4 Fellow Tania Pulido will be recognized as one of seven Brower Youth Award winners by the Earth Island Institute next month. Tania is being honored for her leadership in community development and food security in Richmond, California. She not only has dedicated herself to improving her community through her work at Urban Tilth, but also documents community struggles and solutions through media at Youth Movement Records' program at the RYSE Center. When Tania joined Urban Tilth, she had little experience working in a garden. The organization recognized her incredible leadership ability and hired her on as the site coordinator for Berryland Garden, a neglected stretch of the Richmond Greenway. With some positive energy, a willingness to learn and a lot of hard work, Tania is now growing 18 varieties of berries, numerous herbs and even a fig tree in Berryland Garden. She has engaged teens from the community to take ownership of the garden to ensure that it will not fall into disrepair again, and uses the garden as a classroom to increase their knowledge of global environmental issues. The food grown in the garden has supplied the teens and their families with healthy and nutritious options. Tania uses video and community journalism as tools for social change, uplifting the voices of youth in Richmond.
Media is a very important tool for activists and organizers, because it allows them to inspire and empower people who usually don't get to hear stories about their neighborhoods and their communities in a positive light.
We congratulate Tania for being selected for this prestigious award and wish her continued success with her work in Richmond. Watch one of the videos Tania worked on with Youth Movement Records: