MA'AT Youth Academy http://maatya.org Just another WordPress site Tue, 29 May 2012 09:08:39 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 One Saturday at MYA http://maatya.org/one-saturday-at-maat/ http://maatya.org/one-saturday-at-maat/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 11:02:59 +0000 admin http://maatya.org/wordpress/?p=104  

On Saturday me Alma, Brittany, Paul went to Contra Costa College to work with some other people to work on the garden they come out to at the college. When we got there we had to sign up then we started to work it was ok, I haven’t done that in like four year’s since when I was in high School so it was like a good feeling working with other people and meeting new people so I had a nice time there. The only thing I didn’t like when my face started to itch an that’s about it. Everything else was ok. I think maybe I’m not used to it so that’s why I started to itch but it was ok. An the other thing I like about it I learned how to use the tool’s they use in the garden, so that was a good thing because if I want to go work in a garden I know what to do, it was a nice day that day we had a fifteen minute break an ate snack bars and we drank water. It was feeling like you were working out or something. After we were done with our fifteen, we started back working in the garden. We started to clean up then when we got done with that we it was time to go. I was happy because by then I just wanted to go home and get in the shower but we went to eat lunch at Wing-Stop and took our food to go so went back to the office an everyone just went home so that’s the day I had on Saturday it was a nice day for me I enjoyed it.How do I like it in Richmond? Its ok, I’m not from out here. I was born in San Francisco so that’s where I’ve been for my twenty-two year’s of my life so I don’t know too much about Richmond. I just go home and mind my own business. I don’t want to meet new friend’s at all. I been living out here for like two year’s now and I already got my house broken into already. There was nothing I could do but to put call to the police and that’s what I did. They didn’t do anything but ask me some dumb questions. After that was done I went to my family’s house in San Francisco and stayed with them for some days. Sometimes I wish I could stay in the city. But then I don’t, because I have my own place in Richmond and there’s nothing like having your own. What made me move to Richmond? I was staying with my cousin in the city and one day I said to myself: “It’s time for me to get my own place. I’m out of school, so what’s stopping me? And that’s what I did. I came out here and sign up for hosing. And then a month passed by and next thing I know, they mailed me something and I moved in like that. I say to myself, if I didn’t get this place were would I be staying? Would I be homeless or what? So that’s why I thank god everyday for doing what he did for me. The end of my letter thanks u so much for reading it!

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Litter in Richmond http://maatya.org/litter-in-richmond/ http://maatya.org/litter-in-richmond/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 11:02:05 +0000 admin http://maatya.org/wordpress/?p=102 In the city of Richmond California there are trashy environments, and I took some time to take some pictures at the Nevin Center in Central Richmond where there was trash on the ground scattered around the playground area and even out of the area. As I took the pictures I was thinking about how this affected the environment that some of us live in and I wondered why doesn’t anyone throw their trash away anymore?Before I took the pictures there were two women observing me. One was a caucasian women and one was a black woman.There was a latino man janitor also there to pick up the trash. I asked the caucasian woman can i take pictures of the trashy environment of the center. What came to my mind when I asked and waited for a answer was “I dont think she wants her center to look filthy,” but the caucasian woman decided to let me take the pictures for my project and I was pleased.In some of the pictures it looked as if there had been a barbecue and people didn’t think twice about throwing their trash away on the floor. In one of the pictures, there was a plastic loop from a six-pack of cans and it reminded me how me and my uncle saw a bird strangled inside one of them and soon died. So as it was on the ground I said to myself if it happened to one bird it can happen to another and how dangerous it was to litter and leave trash on the ground.After I took the pictures I left to get back to work at MA’AT and show the pictures to Aree and she said thumbs up. I did not help the the people pick up the trash because I felt like if I was doing that then I was not doing what I was supposed to do for my project. But now that I know how bad litering is, I wouldnt do it and I wouldnt encourage other people to do it.

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Global Warming http://maatya.org/global-warming/ http://maatya.org/global-warming/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 11:00:05 +0000 admin http://maatya.org/wordpress/?p=100 Since the beginning of time the world has gone through many environmental changes and natural disasters; these phenomenon are inevitable they drove the dinosaurs to extinction and may one day wipe out the human race as we know it. Could this be part of God’s blueprint for evolution, we don’t know. This is why Global warming tends to be a primary topic on news stations to meteorologists. In 2002 El Niño took our Pacific coast by storm; and in 2005 Hurricane Katrina flooded our gulf coats leaving the average American citizen to ponder what’s next. If we don’t take notice to these warning signs I’m afraid we will see the same fate as the dinosaurs. It’s our duty to protect our atmosphere from pollution and other man-made contributions to this new global crisis.Global warming is caused by carbon dioxide and other air pollution that is collected in the atmosphere; this can cause stronger hurricanes, periods of extreme weather, and heat waves. Scientists blame greenhouse gases which are the burning of fossil fuels. Either way the people as a whole are to blame an we can only save ourselves; by buying more environmental friendly vehicles and saving our forests. Easier said than done but if we succeed in taking these baby steps we can change the pattern of global warming and make sure history doesn’t continue to repeat itself and lead us down this hot, humid dead-end street.The Earth we inhabit is truly one of a kind; if we were missing one element of its make-up we would all be either suffocating or burnt to a crisp. A life-size model of how the earth uses its atmosphere to furbish us is a greenhouse for plants (hints) greenhouse effect: this is the way our planet traps and contains heat. This heat is generated from the sun and then reflected back to the atmosphere which is then captured by natural gases which consist of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, and water vapor. This leaves little room for man-made chemicals we release on a everyday basis that is why we have to be cautious of global warming because the Earth has provided us with everything we need and we continue to over do. Our greenhouse effect is not completely bad. If humans didn’t have such a great need for fossil fuels the temperature on earth would be 59 degrees lower than the average, this would perhaps be to cold to sustain life on Earth. Humans may be able to thrive but organisms and vegetation would be scarce or non-existent.It is of prime importance that we find a balance and a standard to hold our environment and atmosphere to, so we can benefit from our world and its ability to evolve with us with a “bend but don’t break” attitude we also will have to compromise in order to extend our stay on Earth before global warming or natural disasters drive us to extinction. We know the problem now its time to do something about it this is what I intend to do from here on out with my article creating awareness to this global crisis that can be prevented by simply being monitored.

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Letter to Richmond http://maatya.org/letter-to-richmond/ http://maatya.org/letter-to-richmond/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 10:58:16 +0000 admin http://maatya.org/wordpress/?p=95 The name Richmond High School (RHS) has been heard all throughout the world because of what happened last year; the infamous rape. Does it take something so tragic to happen in order for the press to come out to our school? Well I guess so, when testing came around we got the highest test scores from all high schools in Richmond. But did the media come to do a broadcast about that? No, and I think that we should’ve been praised instead of only displaying our negativity.I am currently attending Richmond High School for the ’10-’11 school year as a sophomore willing to advance to the next grade. RHS has a lot of different academies to join such as, Engineering Academy, Health Academy, Multimedia Academy, Law Academy etc. Each academy contains different classes that you may need to take in order to help you become successful in the future. I am part of the Engineering Academy, where we create robotics, learn about famous engineers, we learn about the engineering world. At the Ma’at Youth Academy, this summer we learned about the water cycle: urban run off, the purification process, pollution etc. We’ve watched videos, PowerPoints, and even went on a few field trips. It was interesting to learn about the positive aspects of Richmond and the people itself. I just want to say that RHS is a good school in my neighborhood, and I really enjoy attending there.

]]> http://maatya.org/letter-to-richmond/feed/ 0 Greening My Summer http://maatya.org/greening-my-summer/ http://maatya.org/greening-my-summer/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 10:53:09 +0000 admin http://maatya.org/wordpress/?p=93 Summers got you in a drag, too much spare time, friends want to go places , and you’re letting them down because you’re always broke, worse you’re always borrowing. Ma’at offers a perfect summer opportunity not just as a job, but a to learn about the threats to our world. Especially if your conscious is uneasy about the world we live in. Even if we wanted to help, the little things we do are non productive because of the corporations churning out pollutants and unrecyclable items they produce in record numbers. We must stop thinking like this; this train of though is getting us nowhere. Even if you’re a downer, you can have faith in knowing you contributed to beautifying our world. With the information you receive in Ma’at you can do your part, even if it’s little it’s still a part you’re playing. Don’t forget to inform your neighborhood; “You have the power.” As said by Captain Planet.My summer plans weren’t much except a class and an ongoing struggle to find a part time job. There was little hope in the latter, but when it happened there was relief on my part. As my mother strolled along McDonald’s there was a realization on my part that a lot of Richmond was unexplored to me. If by some miracle this became a part of my summer. Where would my breaks be, where would I eat lunch? The people that day, my new co-workers , and my new boss took it upon themselves to introduce me to some of their eatery’s. In the first day there was but one me, boy. But it wasn’t ackward. My co-workers were very talkative, full of energy, even this early in the morning. They tried to bring me into the conversations, even if they left me out it was nice to have that commotion in the office. The following days saw new faces and different personalities. Eventually I settled, along with my focus and energy.When it was announced there would be a fieldtrip the following week, there was, (dare I say it,) excitement in the air! My eyes would get their time in the sun. However, the trips also served an educational purpose. We toured a lot of places that don’t get attention and aren’t noticed by locals. Some of the places we toured were the Chevron facilities and the nearby chemical factory. I’d been aware of Chevrons existence but not to the extent of it’s past and present actions, such as the1998 Toxic Spill ( my research project ), the fact that Chevron hires outside employees , that if any Richmond residents are hired they are hired for janitorial or chemical clean up jobs. The Chemical plant which is only across the street only serves to function alongside Chevron. Which has in itself polluted the airs over Richmond, resulting in a rise of asthma.At the end of the tour we saw a park (darn forgot the name), the marsh and in the distance was a penitentiary. Then someone mentioned something about a lady being run over by trains on the track, what a way to end the tour com-padre. Our final trip was to San Francisco. Muni seemed like an outdated BART or a relic of the cold war transportation. But it had a pleasant homely feel to it, it was my first. It was a scenic walk to CA academy of Science. The line seemed endless, but when we finally reached the end to wait there was commotion among us about whether we should wait it out, or or spend the next two hours in the park, take a few pictures and what not. We ended up waiting and the wait was worth it.There was a room filled with sea creatures. And on the ground level, there was a whole section dedicated to alternative modes of transportation. We took the same scenic route home but what else could we ask of SF.This was only my 2nd opportunity working, a lot of emotions were running through me; mostly fear. Fear that this opportunity would be short, somehow I’d do something wrong or that my presence would be that of a ghost. But my co-workers and employers involved me in conversations, even paid attention. Spring Courses were over and my job was seasonal. Even before summer set in I was running around looking for a summer opportunity. When things got quiet which was occasional someone would karaoke and I’d feel awake again. Much of the songs were oldies but they were everything everyone remembered and something no one could argue against especially if someone was singing in the office. The field trips offered us insights into our neighborhood backyards and into the much larger bay. A moment outside of the office to stretch our legs, see new sights, and entertain each other with our opinions on varied topics. All together this was a great summer opportunity. With out Ma’at there people would have been just just bystanders on th bus, bart or sidewalk. Limit your purchase of plastics, do your part. “The power is yours!”

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MA’AT Youth Academy-Makeover Edition http://maatya.org/maat-makeover/ http://maatya.org/maat-makeover/#comments Mon, 24 May 2010 01:11:54 +0000 admin http://maatya.org/wordpress//?p=1 Welcome to the new MA’AT web page. We realize that living in the 21st century, it is mandatory that we are able to keep our community informed of the great work our youth is doing not only in Richmond, but throughout the Bay Area. We are excited to announce the launching of our new page.  Step right in, browse our pages until your heart is content!

We will be constantly updating our new website with student work, event information and updates of what is going on here at MA’AT. A new addition however, will be a dedicated section for instructors to be able to pull from our curriculum to continue enriching the lives of our youth.

The Ma’at Youth Academy (MYA) mission is to improve public and environmental health in urban areas by developing and modeling multicultural environmental education, promoting economic opportunities for youth and increasing community involvement in environmental protection.

We are pleased to share our exciting  programs and updates with you.

Thank you once again for your involvement and continued interest in tomorrows leaders for environmental change!

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