EDGE Philly: Youth Environmental Program believes that making the experiences and needs of impacted communities central to our process helps us avoid false solutions. Young people deserve the ability to act autonomously for their communities while still connecting to broader efforts.
Existing environmental justice programming for youth often has many gaps in both engagement and political analysis. EDGE Philly: YEP! believes that youth leaders already know the solutions for these gaps but simply need the resources and support to implement them.
In order to support the growth of a network of youth leaders in impacted communities, EDGE Philly: YEP! provides space, training, fund raising, and other resources for youth-led learning spaces in Philadelphia with a focus on social impact in issues that directly affect the lives of the participants.