Congratuations Grant Union High School
What Kids Can Do - Student Research
Digging Deep: How Do Neighborhoods Benefit from Community Gardens?
Grant Union High School, Sacramento, CA

1.   Get the Facts
    Research the littering problem (or other community improvement
    issue) in your community, and gather information from the Litter
    Index and the Litter/Solid Waste Survey. Interview field
    professionals and leadership. Assemble all pertinent data in

2.   Involve the People
    Identify the people who have the most influence over this
    particular issue. Let them know what you would like to do. Find how
    it can match their own interests, and capitalize on their interest
    in developing the program. Let them involve people they know or
    with whom they work. The volunteer network will spread.
    Delegation is the key.

3.   Plan Systematically
Once the leadership and other key individuals are in agreement, develop
a plan of action. Utilizing effective management techniques, the group
commits to this plan of action with the aid of Keep America Beautiful
programs and resource guides.

4.   Focus on Results
Your goal will be to achieve measurable results in litter reduction. All
activities and projects should be planned programs designed to target
and change negative attitudes and practices.

5.   Provide Positive Reinforcement
Give those who worked on the project appropriate recognition. This can
take many forms, but a sincere “thank you” is a first step. People must
feel positive about their efforts with you if they are to sustain their
Pick it Up
When you see some trash
pick it up, don't pass it by
UC Davis Arboretum
Sacramento Bee/Florence Low (photo)
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