We call our group of community researchers the ICBOs (Independent Community-Based Organizations). We represent underserved communities across North America and we have collectively used our strengths and expertise to delve deeper and more meaningfully into research that represents our communities’ perspectives. We have led this exploration authentically and independently.


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Camp Compass Academy

Mission Camp Compass Academy is a unified effort to introduce urban middle and high school students to various outdoor activities. Students are simultaneously introduced to a network of community businesses and working role models. Camp Compass students develop into an educated and influenced population understanding conservation, sportsmen’s philosophies, and their activities. Philosophy It’s our passion for […]

Celebrate Urban Birds

Founded in 2007, Celebrate Urban Birds (CUBs) is a year-round project developed and launched by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. CUBs strives to co-create bilingual inclusive, equity-based community science projects that serve communities that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from birding, conservation, and citizen science. The project seeks to promote better science through the equitable […]


Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES)

Welcome to CLUES… A linguistically and culturally relevant resource and service nonprofit organization by Latinos, for Latinos. Our programs and services connect families to resources, skills, institutions, and systems, and we create an environment for people to be engaged and empowered. CLUES programs are designed to provide access to resources and opportunities for Latino families […]

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Green Jay Bird Conservancy

The story of how Green Jay Mayan Birding got started is a rather beautiful one. The founders of the club, a husband and wife team, spotted a number of vibrantly colored birds flying by their home in the Yucatán Peninsula, México. One thing led to another until Juan Flores and Cecilia Alvarez’ initial curiosity became […]

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Metro Atlanta Urban Farm

At Metro Atlanta Urban Farm (MAUF), we believe everyone deserves access to affordable high quality produce. Our certified, naturally grown produce is grown and harvested with care by the hands of staff and volunteers who support an equitable food distribution system. We provide gardening and agricultural training to ensure families learn to feed themselves and to create […]

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WorldBeat Cultural Center

As a non-profit multi-cultural arts organization, we are dedicated to promoting, presenting, and preserving the African diaspora & indigenous cultures of the world through music, art, dance, education, sustainability, and technology. We are located in beautiful Balboa Park in the heart of San Diego, California. Through consciousness raising, the WorldBeat Cultural Center promotes peace within […]


Bobby L. Wilson

Metro Atlanta Urban Farm (MAUF) Bobby L. Wilson is the Co-Founder, Director of Programming, and Farm Advisor of MAUF. The organization’s mission is to reduce barriers to healthy living in urban communities by encouraging, promoting, and supporting health education. MAUF also fosters sustainable, high-quality, low-cost agricultural production through gardening and agriculture literacy. A respected leader […]

Catherine Pham

Community Leader and CUBs Mini-Grant Recipient Catherine Pham (at the far right of the image above) has been a resident of Washington, D.C. for 25 years. She is a licensed clinical social worker, a certified executive coach, and the mom of a high-energy young son. Catherine is the former Executive Director of Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit dedicated […]

Cecy Alvarez and Juan Flores

Green Jay Bird Conservancy We are Cecilia Alvarez and Juan Flores from Cancún, México. We are dedicated to environmental education and conservation through birding in the Yucatan Peninsula through our organization, Green Jay Bird Conservancy. For the past eight years, together with our community, we promote participatory science projects seeking to improve the wellbeing of […]

Fanny Villarreal

Nosotros Radio Fanny Villarreal is founder of NOSOTROS Radio, Inc., “Your Latino Voice,” and co-founder of NYSHispanic Coalition. She is a community leader who has served in several non-profit roles including Family and Community Development Director at P.E.A.C.E. Inc. and Executive Director at the Spanish Action League. She is committed to advancing the needs of […]

John Annoni

John Annoni

Camp Compass Academy —-John Annoni spearheads this work as a leader in our CBO research and in advancing explicit direct instruction (EDI) in the hunting and fishing industry. John and his staff of volunteer mentors make a difference in the lives of inner-city youth in Allentown, Pennsylvania by providing hunting, fishing, archery, tutoring, social guidance, […]

José González

José González

José G. González is the Founder of Latino Outdoors and currently a consultant, illustrator, writer, and science communicator. He has experience as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty.  His commentary on diversity and environmental/outdoor equity has been featured by High Country News, Outside, Earth […]

Jose Miguel

José Miguel Hernández Hurtado

La Joven Guardia Del Teatro Latino José Miguel Hernández is founder of La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino in Syracuse, New York. He works to transform the lives of low income Latino youth and youth with terminal diseases by involving them in Spanish language theatrical performances. His program builds self-confidence and has a high rate […]

Karen Kitchen

Karen Kitchen

Karen Kitchen is a member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma. She is an advocate, educator, and musician working with Native American youth and families in Portland, Oregon. A licensed P-12 teacher and administrator, Karen has had the privilege of working with students in Indian Country for nearly three decades. She has been Director of […]

Makeda “Dread” Cheatom & Berenice Rodriguez

Makeda “Dread” Cheatom & Berenice Rodriguez

WorldBeat Cultural Center Makeda “Dread” Cheatom, Founder and Executive Director of WorldBeat Cultural Center, together with Berenice Rodriguez, have deep understanding about how to successfully engage diverse audiences. They connect across cultures, integrate the arts in community engagement, and are strong leaders of our CBO research.

Marcelo Bonta

Marcelo Bonta

J.E.D.I. Heart  Marcelo Bonta is founder of Center for Diversity and the Environment and Environmental Professionals of Color. He has deep expertise in issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in informal science education and environmental education.

Sister Sharon Horace

Sister Sharon Horace is a member of Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, a ministry that focuses on healthcare, education, social service, parish ministries, humanitarian activities, and more. She serves in the Proyecto Juan Diego in Brownsville, Texas. She facilitates programming that helps participants look more deeply into issues of injustice and inequality.Sister […]

Tanya Zwald

CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio) Tanya is CLUES’ Youth in Action! (YA!) Program Manager, a college access and mentoring program for Latinx, high school students. She joined the team at CLUES in 2013 and has over 13 years of experience teaching, encouraging, and motivating Latinx youth. She has a B.A. in Spanish, Cultural Studies, […]

Yao “Cha Cha” Foli

Ndor Eco Village Seeking a world of opportunity In the West African village where I grew up in Ghana, no one wanted to be a farmer. Raising goats or growing palm trees was all that we knew or could do. Life was hard. But I was a seeker. I wanted something more; for myself, my […]