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2019 Chicago Eco-Ambassadors Start this Week!

Please join us in welcoming Chicago's Eco-Ambassadors for this summer!


Participants in our Eco-Ambassadors program spend the summer developing awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the world around us. The program will take place in Chicago and the North & West Suburbs this year.


Lead by Cesar Almeida and Barbara Boockmeier, the Chicago cohort will explore all four of our program areas: Energy & Climate, Sustainable Food & Land Use, Water Preservation, and Advocacy.


Through field trips and activities, the Eco-Ambassadors learn about career opportunities and how to be leaders in raising environmental awareness at their houses of worship and in their communities.


Returning youth who show great leadership potential have the opportunity to take on extra responsibilities as Earth Allies. We have three Earth Allies this summer, each of whom will write a blog to reflect on their experiences. Stay tuned!



Leading orientation with Barbara and Cesar are Kahlil Smith and Keanu Dean (several of the Earth Allies) and Troy Dotson, our Youth Facilitator.
Leading orientation with Barbara and Cesar are Kahlil Smith, Keanu Dean, and Troy Dotson, our Youth Facilitator.

For now, get to know the cohort by reading their bios below. You can even meet them in person at the 2019 Rehoboth Blueberry Festival on July 20th!



Troy Dotson, Youth Facilitator

Troy Dotson, Youth Facilitator

House of Worship: Haven of Rest Baptist Church Hobbies: Music, Drawing Favorite Way to Spend Weekend: Creating Music What Inspires You to be Environmentally Sustainable? The wellbeing of my environment. What are you looking forward to about being an Eco-Ambassador? Guiding the next generation of Earth Allies.


Keanu Dean, Earth Ally

Keanu Dean, Earth Ally

House of Worship: LightHouse Hobbies: Basketball Favorite Way to Spend Weekend: Being outside or at home doing an activity like video games or basketball. What Inspires You to be Environmentally Sustainable? To be independent in terms of having my own resources. What are you looking forward to about being an Eco-

Ambassador? The fun trips and experiences.

Kahlil Smith, Earth Ally

Keanu Dean, Earth Ally

House of Worship: Haven of Rest Baptist Church Hobbies: Basketball, Lacrosse, Reading, Skating Favorite Way to Spend Weekend: Playing basketball and hanging out with my friends. What Inspires You to be Environmentally Sustainable? Knowing how many things affect our living space and how we can help our environment succeed.

What are you looking forward to about being an Eco-Ambassador? I look forward to getting to know everyone and learning from them.

Kimberly Wilborn, Earth Ally

Kimberly Wilborn, Earth Ally

House of Worship: New Life Covenant Church Southeast Hobbies: Biking, Video Games Favorite Way to Spend Weekend:

I love to bike, hang out with friends, play video games, and take walks. What Inspires You to be Environmentally Sustainable? The idea that I will have children and grandchildren who will walk this planet. I want to do my best to treat it well for them and for myself.

What are you looking forward to about being an Eco-Ambassador? I am looking forward to the field trips that will take place and learning from others.

Tiara Bullock, Eco-Ambassador

Tiara Bullock, Eco-Ambassador

House of Worship: New Deliverance Church Favorite Summer Activity: Softball, Volleyball, Writing Favorite Vegetable: Carrot Favorite Fruit: Mango What inspires you? When people with disabilities overcome challenges and break expectations. Favorite Way to Spend Weekend: Walk around a city, festival or going to the movies with friends & family What Inspires You to be Environmentally Sustainable? The recent shift in weather with the growing population and ocean pollution increasing What are you looking forward to about being an Eco-Ambassador? I am looking forward to acquiring better recycling habits.

Alicia Brumfield, Eco-Ambassador


Alicia Brumfield, Eco-Ambassador

House of Worship: Homewood Flossmoor Hobbies: Skating, Painting, thrifting Favorite Way to Spend Weekend:

I like to go skateboarding and paint What Inspires You to be Environmentally Sustainable? I love nature and the Earth so much that I want to do the best I can to help it. What are you looking forward to about being an Eco-Ambassador? I want to give out new info and receive new info.