Initiatives

Black Maternal & Environmental Health Day

Black Maternal & Environmental Health (BMEH) Day was created by Young, Gifted & Green to raise awareness about the importance of clean air and water, healthy housing, safe consumer products, and overall environments related to Black maternal health. BMEH Day is observed on the first Thursday in April as a means to uplift Black women and child birthing people’s voice regarding the maternal and environmental health movement along with strengthening if not producing advocates. BMEH Day is a national effort supported by individuals, non-profit organizations, and government agencies encouraging individuals and organizations to raise awareness and understanding of Black maternal and environmental health issues, seek improved safeguarding for Black expecting mothers and child birthing people, and commit to acts of culturally-relevant environmental health wellness. 

BMEH Day Partners:

  • Children’s Environmental Health Network
  • Perinatal Health Equity Initiative
  • MomsRising
  • National Perinatal Task Force
  • Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
  • Health Foundation of South Florida
  • Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action
  • MOMCares Baltimore
  • Fund II Foundation
  • Moms Clean Air Force
  • SisterReach

BMEH Day Resources:

If you are interested in partnering or learning more about how to participate in Black Maternal & Environmental Health Day, email us at info@younggiftedgreen.org.

Flint Weekend of Service

This event is at the heart of the start of our organization. In 2016, during the Flint Water Crisis, Young Gifted & Green (at the time known as Black Millennials 4 Flint) organized a weekend of service to support the Flint community with immediate resources, including bottled water, cleaning wipes, and baby wipes.

The inaugural weekend of service included door-to-door water distribution, Community canvassing Youth engagement in partnership with the National Urban League and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint.

Some of our key local water distribution partners over the years have included (but are not limited to): Michigan Faith in Action, First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Mari Copeny (AKA Little Miss Flint), and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint.

To date, while our contributions have transformed over time, YGG continues to support the Flint community with our annual weekend of service. Beginning in 2021, YGG began to work with local schools in Flint’s Northside, where we host robust Community Garden Days engaging with children and families with water and soil testing, planting plants and veggies, mini-lessons on climate change and sustainability paired with food, games, good music, and a TON of fun. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Flint Weekend of Service, email us at info@younggiftedgreen.org