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Literacy for Environmental Justice

Urban greening and restoring native habitats with youth and young adults in Southeast San Francisco.

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Literacy for Environmental Justice

From the Executive Director

Since LEJ was founded in 1998, we have provided education, leadership, and park stewardship for youth and young adults in Southeast San Francisco. Bayview Hunters Point is home to a resilient community that has persevered through significant challenges. Historically, the region has faced disproportionate rates of industrial pollution, high rates of unemployment, and ongoing marginalization. Southeast San Francisco is home to more than two-thirds of San Francisco’s pollution sources and one third of the city’s hazardous waste sites.

We believe that when neighborhoods and parks are cared for, it not only increases resident pride and stewardship, but raises the overall health of the community.

Patrick Marley Rump

Literacy for Environmental Justice

What we do

Program 1

Eco-Adventures

All of LEJ’s programming – from volunteer days to structured service learning for schools – seeks to promote eco-literacy through inquiry-based learning and educational activities. Eco-Adventures enables students and teachers to participate in the restoration and completion of Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, using the action opportunity to deepen eco-literacy.

Program 2

Eco-Apprentices

A core component of LEJ's mission has been youth leadership and stewardship programming for teens, focused on providing structured, positive early employment experiences in the form of a year-long internship.

Program 3

Candlestick Pt. Native Plant Nursery

Our nursery employs teens and engages local residents in the process of growing plants, restoring local habitats, and preserving the unique biodiversity of Southeast San Francisco. A program of LEJ, the nursery helps sustain ongoing urban greening, eco-literacy, community stewardship, and workforce development opportunities.

As part of a $1M Urban Greening Grant for restoration at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, our nursery will be expanding in coming years to 3-4 times its current size! With that will come a seed laboratory, a new greenhouse, a new shade house, and a rainwater harvesting system.

By the numbers

The impact

20,000

Youth engaged with programming at Heron's Head .

Local plants, Local people

Our nursery employs teens and engages local residents in the process of growing plants, restoring local habitats, and preserving the unique biodiversity of Southeast San Francisco.

Literacy for Environmental Justice

$540k

Annual Budget
Year ended June 2017
Program Spend
87%
Fundraising Spend
5%
Management Spend
8%
EIN
10777856
Founded
2003
Executive Director
Patrick Marley Rump
Headquarters
San Francisco, CA
# Employees
31
# Volunteers
1400
Literacy for Environmental Justice

Instagram

2 days ago - @lej_ecostewards

Join us on Saturday 5/18 for our Candlestick Point Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Open House. We'll be working from 10am-1pm. This event helps ensure that our plants are healthy, thriving, and ready to be planted into our public open spaces, contributing to wildlife habitat and enhancing our parks. Visit: http://bit.ly/LEJ-Nursery or the link in our bio.

#SF #sanfrancisco #sfvolunteer #bvhp #bayview #hunterspoint #volunteer #nativeplants #nursery #volunteers

5 days ago - @lej_ecostewards

LEJ and @sftida (Treasure Island Development Authority) will be hosting a volunteer Nursery Day at our Treasure Island Nursery this Wednesday, May 15 from 1-3pm. We will be transplanting and organizing plants and tables. Join us for a great volunteer day on the island. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Visit lejyouth.org/upcoming-events for more details. Link is in bio.

#sf #sanfrancisco #treasureisland #nativeplants #nativeplantnursery #YBI #sfvolunteer #stewardship #sftida #lej #ecosteward #ecostewards

1 week ago - @lej_ecostewards

Our hearts are heavy due to the passing of Marie Harrison. Marie was an incredible advocate for environmental justice and a tireless guardian for our Bayview Hunters Point community. We shared a few links about her work and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice's (@greenaction_ej) walk on Sunday honoring her memory. Link in bio.

1 week ago - @lej_ecostewards

This Saturday is our #ParkChampions day with California State Parks Foundation. Join us for a fun day helping to beautify and protect the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area.

Link in bio. . . . #SF #sanfrancisco #sfvolunteer #bvhp #bayview #hunterspoint #volunteer #ecosteward #parkchampions #stateparks #LEJ #restoration #nativeplants #californiastateparksfoundation #candlestick #candlestickpoint #cpsra

1 week ago - @lej_ecostewards

Cleaning seeds is critical to plant health. This photo of seeds being cleaned at our Candlestick Point Native Plant Nursery also came out a little artsy. If you want to help support our nursery, check our calendar of events for May. We'll welcome your artistic contributions too!

Link in Bio. . . . #seedsareart #nativeplants #nativeplantnursery #seedcleaning #candlestickpointnativeplantnursery #candlestickpoint #nursery #sanfrancisco #sf #bayview #candlestick

2 weeks ago - @lej_ecostewards

LEJ is hiring a Finance and Operations Manager. This role has responsibilities related to strategic planning, bookkeeping, financial management, human resources, and cross-functional collaboration. And you can join us for team lunches.Learn more here: lejyouth.org/blog

#SF #sanfrancisco #sfjobs #bvhp #bayview #hunterspoint #finance #hiring

2 weeks ago - @lej_ecostewards

Looking to spend some time outside this weekend? Join us and Handson Bay Area for our Candlestick Point Native Plant Nursery volunteer day on Saturday, May 4. We'll be transplanting plants, cleaning seeds, caring for current plant stock, and more.

Link in Bio!

#SF #sanfrancisco #sfvolunteer #bvhp #bayview #hunterspoint #volunteer #nativeplants #nursery #volunteers #handonbayarea #restoration #ecostewards #candlestickpoint #candlesticknativeplantnursery

2 weeks ago - @lej_ecostewards

LEJ will be tabling at Sunday Streets with a car-free route spanning Third Street and creating a temporary park for the community to enjoy. There are fun and free exhibits and activities and five Activity Hubs on the route, spanning 22nd St to Carroll Ave.

Link in Bio!

#sanfrancisco #bayview #hunterspoint #bvhp #sundaystreets #ecoadventure #dogpatch #sf

Recognition

"Executive Director and Program Manager Patrick Marley Rump leads the work of greening the neighborhood’s streets with plants and trees, hosting volunteer cleanups, training the community in environmental careers, and running a massive native plant nursery, which employees local youth and adults. Its plants are used to support the city’s southeastern shoreline, and are sold for other city projects. SF Public Utilities Commission, the Port, PG&E and Friends of the Urban Forest are all clients." --Nuala Sawyer, SF Weekly

Bay Nature

Bay Nature Announces 2019 Local Heroes

Bay Nature Institute is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2019 Local Hero Awards. Four remarkable champions of local nature will be honored at the organization’s annual gala in March 2019.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARD Anthony Khalil, Community Engagement Director, Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ)

Raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco, and a son of first-generation immigrants, Anthony Khalil has deep experience working with youth and communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is one of the region’s few environmental educators and field-based biologists of color.

During his tenure at LEJ and other local organizations over the past two decades, Anthony has led environmental education and restoration programs for Bay Area residents, fostering increased community and youth stewardship of Southeast San Francisco’s natural areas. He’s also presented at numerous conferences and youth-serving agencies on the topics of race and the environment and the imperative of cultural relevancy in connecting people to the natural world.

Literacy for Environmental Justice

Common questions

How has LEJ impacted the broader community?

In 2002, Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) Youth conducted a community-based assessment of corner stores in Bayview Hunters Point. They found that while there were only two food stores in the neighborhood, located far from public transportation, there are an abundance of corner stores selling alcohol, tobacco, and overpriced poor quality processed foods. As a result of these findings, with the support of San Francisco Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, LEJ created the Good Neighbor program, recruiting merchants to increase store stock of fresh produce and diminishing tobacco and alcohol advertising. In 2007, Good Neighbor was adopted as a statewide model via AB 2384, the Healthy Food Purchase Program.

Does LEJ partner with similar organization?

Our vision of a more just and healthy future for Southeast San Francisco not only involves only our organizations, but others who are like-minded as well. We have project-based partnerships with California State Parks Foundation, Student Conservation Association, Golden Gate Audubon, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

What will LEJ accomplish in coming year?

As part of a $1M Urban Greening Grant for restoration at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, our nursery will be expanding in coming years to 3-4 times its current size. With that will come a seed laboratory, a new greenhouse, a new shade house, and a rainwater harvesting system.

Literacy for Environmental Justice

Where your money goes

$100

Helps to grow 50 plants

$250

Supports a school group in having a hands-on experience

$4.0k

Funds a Bay Youth for the Environment (BYE) intern for one year

$10k

Provides stewardship of four acres of open space for the year

$25k

Provides 500 students with three hands-on environmental stewardship programs at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

$50k

Helps to connect over 1000 volunteers to California’s first Urban State Park