Young Reporters for the Environment
¡Young Puerto Ricans are winning on a global stage! Read the news story HERE
Youth Journalism Program
This program offers young people between the ages of 11 and 25 the opportunity to give the environment a voice through journalism, using essays, photographs, videos or campaigns. Students learn from experts in these fields how to research and present their findings on a local or global problem related to the environment.
At the end of these workshops, these young people must present at least one report in any of the categories in order to compete on a national level. The winners of each of the four categories will be chosen to represent Puerto Rico in the international competition to be held in July.
This year, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, there were three Puerto Ricans winners in the international competition. It’s the second consecutive year that our students have set themselves apart among 180 young people and 200 articles submitted concerning the environment. Last year, Ishbel Cora came third in the category of article writing in the international competition.
Developing Young People for the Future
This program provides students with tools that they will be able to use for the rest of their lives.
Social responsibility and leadership
Use of social networks as a scientific communication tool
Development of good diction and linguistics
Spoken and written expression skills
Testimonial from one of our winners!
Ishbel Cora tells us about her experience participating in the YRE program
Article: "Coastal erosion and its relation to climate change and human intervention"
"Through the YRE program, I had the opportunity to attend a series of workshops and talks on environmental journalism that helped me reinforce my journalistic skills. I also had the opportunity to meet and share with students of all ages whose interests are very similar to me. Thanks to the support of OPAS, I attended the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 25) as an observer. As a result of this experience, I began to understand how climate change affects indigenous communities and how women and girls are the most affected by these phenomena. I would recommend this program to students interested in knowing their environment and in contributing from their skills to our society and environment. "
More than 38 countries participate in this program that impacts over 350,000 young people.