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Environment

The environment is critical for a strong economy, a healthy population, and a livable community. This Infancy to Innovation area of interest includes indicators such as air quality, water quality, and land use.

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The following are the community-identified goals that help children, youth, and young adults succeed in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Improve the safety, economic security and quality of life for young children and their families by advocating for more safe and affordable housing, more effective transportation systems, etc.

Youth

  • Develop strategies to eliminate negative environmental health consequences through policy, practice and perception change.

Young Adults

  • Develop strategies to eliminate environmental health consequences through policy, practice and perception change.

Supportive factors are the key resilience factors known through research that mitigate risk factors and promote healthy development for young children, youth, and adults.

The following are exemplary factors that support children, youth, and young adults to succeed in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Violence free and safe (child proofed) home environments and neighborhoods are key supportive factors young children need to grow up with the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

Youth

  • Positive peer influences, Constructive use of time and acquisition of skills through creative activities, sports, cultural and community activities/future orientation are key supportive factors youth need to grow up with the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

Young Adults

  • Opportunities for apprenticeships, training, and post-secondary education/career planning and job shadowing during high school are key supportive factors young adults need to obtain the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

The following are areas that our community should invest in to better prepare our children, youth, and young adults in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

Investing in programs that create safe, livable, and creative communities for families with young children.

Youth

Invest in youth/adult partnerships that identify and design strategies to mitigate the impacts of environmental inequities.

Young Adults

Invest in young adult partnerships that identify and design strategies to mitigate the impacts of environmental inequities.

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