Who We Are

Our roots began as a programming initiative within Thursday Network—Greater Washington Urban League Professionals led by LaTricea Adams, Founder, President, and CEO of Young, Gifted and Green.

Our movement started at the heart of the (still ongoing) Flint Water Crisis. We had a passion for change that we simply could not ignore: a city’s water source. Our first project was to support the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals Chapter by bringing in donations in preparation for a Flint Service Trip, where we helped bring in over 170 water donations.

Although proud of our efforts, we realized that water donations are simply not enough. Real change would only happen by getting to the heart of the issue. Lead poisoning has been an ongoing issue for those, especially in underserved communities.

Now that our organization is expanding to involve more issues, our mission is the same. We will not stand by and simply ignore environmental issues impacting our communities.

our history

2016

As a collective group of Black millennials, we grew into an official movement on February 10, 2016. Founder LaTricea Adams brought on Michelle Mabson and Krystina White as co-founders. That same year, we hosted our Inaugural Community Action Summit.

2017

We got our first bill passed called the DC Childhood Lead Prevention Amendment Act of 2017. This milestone birthed our political advocacy work.

2018

We received our first grant and fiscal sponsor. With these resources, we were able to create and develop programming to build the environmental justice activism and advocacy capacity of other young, African and Latinx to fight for a #LeadFreeUSA.

2019

After 3 years, Black Millennials 4 Flint became an official 501c3 organization.

A Young, Gifted & Green Legacy

Young, Gifted & Green is a national award-winning nonprofit organization. The following outlines some of the formal acknowledgments and awards the organization has received:

  • Congressional Black Caucus Green Room Award of Excellence
  • Environmental Health & Equity Collaborative Inclusion & Diversity for Equitable Advancement in Environmental Health Awardee
  • Morehouse School of Medicine Public Determinants of Health (PDOH) Institute Champion
  • National Black United Front Umoja Community Award
  • BET’s Finding Justice Grant Awardee
  • Maudine Cooper Award for Community Excellence
  • Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues 1st Place for Conference Presentation
  • Vice Climate Uprise Spotlight Organization

Our Principles

Our organization is grounded in the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice, which were drafted and adopted in 1991 by the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. Additionally, we uphold and implement the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing, which focuses on a “community-up” approach to organizing.

Learn more about the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice

Our Principles

Our organization is grounded in the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice, which were drafted and adopted in 1991 by the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. Additionally, we uphold and implement the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing, which focuses on a “community-up” approach to organizing.