WASTE NOT: Borderlands Innovation in Food Waste Management is a one-of-a-kind fellowship program in Nogales, for 10 local high school students.
Managed by: the Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA) an affiliate of the University of Arizona (UA), Startup Unidos (SUU) and the UA Compost Cats.
Environment | Social Justice | Folklife | Entrepreneurship
The fellowship program kicks off June 2019, training Nogales youth to document local foodways, sustainability practices, and mentoring them in developing innovative business ideas around the community’s waste management systems.
While 70% of seasonal produce enters the United States via the U.S. Mexico Port of Entry in Nogales, 6,000 tons of produce goes to waste in Nogales. WASTE NOT involves youth in addressing this social and environmental issue by:
Gathering of Stories – The opportunity to change the narrative
1) Training young people in ethnography skills to document food waste management practices that come from food traditions at home or in the industry. Also to hear the problems that community members are facing in regards to waste management;
Startup – Develop ideas into real-life business opportunities
2) Assisting them in the creation of business innovation applications that address the problems heard in the gathering of stories in regards to waste management;
Educational Pop-ups – Knowledge sharing
3) Building greater community awareness and engagement with different organizations, businesses, and people in the sustainability realm in the borderlands through field trips and workshops.
The program will create opportunities for youth to see themselves as problem solvers in their own community. They will learn the importance of building partnerships, ethical practices of community engagement, and traditional knowledge to inform solutions to community needs.
Application Close: Friday, May 24th
Fellowship Cohort Announcement: Monday, May 27th
Program Start: Stories: Monday, June 3rd – July 29th 10A – 12P
Program Start: Startups: Saturday, August 24 – November 16th 10A – 12P
Program Start: Educational Pop-ups Winter 2019/2020; specifics TBD
WASTE NOT: Stories
Monday’s 10a – 12p
June 3rd – July 29th
Exceptions: Techstars LatinX In Tech Startup Weekend 6/14-6/16; event is flexible lasting an entire weekend from Friday – Sunday in Tucson.
Specialized invite to Arizona-Mexico Commission Summit in Tucson (optional).
WASTE NOT: Startups
Saturday’s 10a – 12p
August 24th – November 16th
Exceptions: 10/12: Tucson Meet Yourself (all-day volunteer), 10/19 TENWEST Tucson Gigs Experiment (all-day). The program will commence at TENWEST on Saturday, October 19 at a pop-up commencement ceremony. NO CLASSES: Saturday 8/31 for Labor Day weekend
Fellowship offered for FULL participation; supported by Agnes Haury Environment and Social Justice Program Seed Grant. Each student will receive a stipend/honorarium for their participation; amount TBD.
TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM, INTERESTED HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH SHOULD:
Complete program application form.
Complete Student interview; will be scheduled upon receipt of application form.
Upon acceptance, Pledge to 100% Attendance and sign Fellowship Agreement.
SEEKING SPONSORS: Sponsor youth fellowship or a Startup Unidos/VozFrontera event / program. We’re looking for sponsors, which means offering your business name and some $$ to help make the program possible. A sponsorship kit can be emailed by request. Your small investment will go a long way!
Project Leader: Stephanie Bermudez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie is a gifted community builder, understanding the nuances of human behavior and how to encourage positive interactions. Her innovative ideas create cross-border communities and environments that expand on binational relationships to encourage collaboration and co-inspiration. Stephanie focuses on building up innovation spaces and networks; including events, training, consulting and research. She has a successful background developing co-working and maker spaces having previously developed Connect Coworking in Tucson, AZ and served as a board member and youth mentor at COSHARE: The National Shared Workspace Association.
Stephanie is passionate about taking her experiences and shaping binational business opportunities with Mexico and the United States. In April 2018, she was recognized and certified by Harvard University, University of Sonora and sonora:lab for her business project, Startup Unidos and for her contributions in Strengthening The Innovation Ecosystem In The State Of Sonora. Stephanie is actively working with startups across the Arizona-Sonora by implementing Startup Unidos ; most recently Startup Unidos Youth VozFrontera in Nogales, AZ, LatinX In Tech in Tucson, AZ and Emprende Amigo in Phoenix area.
In March 2019 she was recognized Minority Business Owner of the Year at Inside Tucson Business Women of Impact. In October 2018 she was recognized at Idea Funding for initial and future efforts to build the entrepreneurial community in Tucson and received the Larry Hecker and Sherry Hoskinson Bright Futures Award. In December 2016 she was recognized by Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as 40 under 40 Woman of the Year.