Sir Francis Drake High School

Drake Ecuador February Break 2018

Cuenca, Ecuador

February 17-25

I definitely gained more confidence and I’m not as shy anymore. I’ve begun to care less of what people think of me and I feel that I can handle anything that comes my way.

Mary Rose Ohlin

GSE Student

Driven by a desire to ‘give back’ to her community in suburban Los Angeles, Laura Robledo initiated her career in urban agriculture as an undergrad at California State University Northridge. For over six years she has been working as an activist and organizer around issues of food justice and urban agriculture in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. In 2009 Laura worked for a youth-driven nonprofit organization as Coordinator of the Project Youth Green community garden with its 60 families. And in 2013 she built MEND’s-Meet Each Need with Dignity Grow Together garden program, created to empower disadvantaged families to work towards self-reliance and greater food security through gardening. Having led the effort in providing 178 MEND families with home gardens, building a community of gardeners, volunteers and community partners, Laura finds growing food a way for people to connect with the environment and each other. She is a Certified UC Master Gardener with a degree in Political Science. Contact Laura at gro.y1508685829ssabm1508685829etned1508685829utsla1508685829bolg@1508685829arual1508685829

Laura Robledo – Marin Program Coordinator 

Marin County Program Coordinator

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Global Student Embassy at Drake

Drake High school is GSE’s longest running program in Marin. Five years ago students traveled abroad and returned excited to develop a space to practice organic agriculture techniques on campus. Over the following 18 months they marched into school board meetings and lobbied their schools administration to set aside a space for them. The garden they created has been the focus of the club since then. Trip participation has been high in the past, but local attendance has been low. This year was GSE began it’s full program in Marin. This included several curricular engagements with SEADISC, the school’s environmental academy, language and cultural exchanges during the time South-North exchange, and a robust club that expanded to take on Composting, Greenhouse, Plastic Bans, and other community outreach projects. Club attendance has been high, ranging from 20-40 students per week.

The community is a place of the highest importance. I have learned to be more honest and helpful within a group; providing constructive criticism and doing my share. Knowing how to work together is what makes a community.

Jamison Burks

GSE Student