WHO WE ARE
Based in North Carolina, the Student Environmental Education Coalition (SEEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that empowers young people to become environmental leaders through unique educational programs. SEEC was founded by Kenneth Xu while he was a student at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and this blog is co-managed by Connie Wu. SEEC is currently led by a 10-member board of directors centered in the Triangle region of NC. Every single one of us is passionate and knowledgeable about specific aspects of environmental science, from climate change and oceanography to energy science and environmental health.
WHY WE ARE UNIQUE
There remains an ever-widening gap between rich and poor schools throughout North Carolina as well as the rest of the United States. Furthermore, even in school districts that are known for their academic achievement like Chapel Hill-Carrboro, “on average, black students score two grade levels lower than white students in their districts, while Latinos score one-and-a-half grade levels lower” (The Atlantic) due to the fact that the students of color are more likely to come from low-income families with fewer educational resources.
Thus, one of SEEC’s main goals is to bridge this gap by introducing underprivileged youth in our community to environmental service learning projects that teach them firsthand about natural science and public service, ultimately increasing diversity in STEM fields and empowering young people to become environmental leaders. SEEC is essentially a massive network created by students to support other students, intended to directly benefit both people and the environment that we live in. We hope to give all young people a voice within their communities by promoting environmental literacy, since youth will be the ones affected most by environmental issues in the future.