Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES)

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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 and individuals to be healthy, prosperous, and engaged.

Noise Pollution Project at CLUES

Who We Are: We are a group of 4 community members working with CLUES, and in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as part of a national community science project focused on noise pollution. As the Community Science Collaborators, we are committed to working with Cornell, CLUES, and other Community Science Collaborators across the nation to improve our communities through research, science, and collaboration.

Our Community: Our focus is within the Latinx community in St. Paul, but we hope our work will reach other communities of color and low-income communities who have traditionally been the most negatively impacted by noise pollution and other inequitable research, scientific, and educational practices.

Our mission: To engage the Latinx community around the issue of noise pollution through awareness, education, and access to resources.

Our vision: A Latinx community who informs and impacts the systemic and personal decisions concerning the well-being of individuals, our community, and the environment. 

Community Highlights

CLUES’ Collaboration with CUBs

CLUES highlights Celebrating Urban Birds collaboration with Cornell University.

Since 2015, CLUES has been a part of the CUBs initiative, a citizen science project focused on better understanding the value of green spaces for birds.

Civic Engagement with CLUES’ Youth in Action! (YA!) Program

The CLUES team engaged with Youth in Action!, a college readiness program for Latino high school students though CLUES. YA!’s civic engagement component was focused on the environment, so the CSCs developed an activity where participants had to complete brain challenges while listening to construction noise and nature sounds. Afterwards, they shared about how different sounds and noises affected their performances on the challenges and ability to concentrate and think. The CSCs have put together a super collection of diverse sounds in this playlist—take a listen.

Stephanie, Maria, and Alexia leading the brain challenges at the YA! civic engagement event.

Youth Science Day at the MN Science Museum

CLUES Community Science Collaborator, Maria, leaded a noise pollution activity at Youth Science Day at the MN Science Museum!

Participants completed a brain challenge while listening to construction and then nature sounds to feel the impact of noise pollution. They also shared what their favorite and least favorite sounds were.

Fiesta Latina

A Community Science Collaborator, Stephanie, leading the “Guess that Decibel” activity at Fiesta Latina

Some of the CLUES community science collaborators participated in the annual Fiesta Latina celebration in St. Paul, Minnesota.

They creatively shared information about the NOISE Project and invited community members to participate in various sound and noise activities.

For more resources from the NOISE Project community, please visit our Resources page.