Training Cooperative
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NCCJC designs and leads customized, interactive, and culturally relevant training informed and led by youth, indigenous peoples, people of color, women, financially poor, and LGBTQI+ people’s wisdom and experience. We work with municipalities, non-governmental groups, non-profits, grassroots groups, and statewide networks to embrace climate justice principles and catalyze just action in response to climate change.​

Building Everybody's Movement

September 2021 to January 2022

Building Everybody's Movement is a series put on by NCCJC based on Everybody's Movement by Angela Park. 

Meet Building Everybody's Movement Series Facilitators:

Bevelyn Afor Ukah will be hosting all four sessions of this series alongside other facilitators. Bevelyn works as a consultant to train youth and adults in building skills that encourage equity, organizational efficiency, cultural connection, and collaboration. She has traveled around the world and has lived in three countries. 

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She is a self-taught artist, developing her practice as a form of inner resilience, hoping that her work inspires others to build their own self and community-love practices.  She is a part of the Black Women’s Art Collective of Public Art Practice.

Bevelyn is passionate about discouraging divisiveness and she works with audiences in their journeys to recognize multiple truths. She is moved most when working in multigenerational settings.

To her, so much is possible with self-reflection and building true methods of accountability.​

Bevelyn is the founding consultant of ​AFI Oak Consulting​, co-founding consultant of the Auralite Collective and the co-founder of Mekafi​, a social enterprise that supports Black farmers through moringa oleifera.

She coordinates the Food Youth Initiative Program (FYI), a program of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), which engages youth that lead food justice work across North Carolina. She also co-coordinates the Racial Equity in Food Systems initiative at CEFS, which develops a shared understanding of language, history and race. She works as the Capacity Building Director at W9 Solutions, supporting the continued growth of youth leadership development through soccer, especially for youth most marginalized from the sport.  She serves on the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm Board, the National Rooted in Community Board and the NC Climate Justice Collective

Find out more about AFI OAK CONSULTING here.

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Kaleia Martin, MSW is a community advocate who firmly believes in the power of individuals and communities to make extraordinary change. She has a passion for working in an authentic, community-centered way that allows for typically excluded voices to be elevated. She is a forward-thinking leader who thrives to push everyone around her to dream up more radical possibilities.

Kaleia is the co-chair of the environmental justice working group for the Southeast Climate and Energy Network (SCEN). She also has experience as a youth organizer, program manager, facilitator, and filmmaker. She is the founder and striving embodier of Disrupt Transform, LLC.

Kaleia co-facilitated the session "Climate Justice is Racial Justice"

Sweta Daga is a storyteller and facilitator based in Bangalore, who works across platforms, from television and film to theatre.  As a freelance journalist, she has worked in India focusing on climate justice with intersections in gender and equity. She has also facilitated workshops with change makers across the world on systemic change. She also works with The Gigatonne Challenge, a global grassroots movement looking to reduce CO2e emissions through local teams. 

Sweta was interviewed for the second session, "A Powerful Framework for Social Activism: The 4 R's of Social Transformation." Find the full interview here.

Cecilia Polanco is founder and CEO of So Good Pupusas social justice food truck, and Director of Development at the partner non-profit Pupusas for Education. She is committed to intersectional and equitable approaches to the work, applying restorative justice and racial equity practices, as well as community rooted and driven impact. 

Cecilia co-faciliated the third session, "A Just Transition: Defining a Regenerative Economy."

Training Cooperative Workshops:

The following are examples of workshops currently offered free of charge to impacted community-based groups:

1) Beyond Disaster Relief: Strategies for Just Recovery (3-8 hours)

Using a Just Recovery framework, this workshop highlights the strengths and vulnerabilities specific populations have to the impacts of climate change as well as an orientation to grassroots organizing for equitable, long term solutions.


2) Introduction to Climate Justice and Climate Adaptation Planning (3-8 hrs)

This workshop supports community members to assess the status of their town or city’s climate readiness and explore how to incorporate climate equity principles, practices and benchmarks.


3) From Bouncing Back to Bouncing Forward: Resilience Skills for Personal, Communal and Ecological Well-being (2-10 hrs)

This workshop employs a Transformative Resilience skills framework to develop greater resilience in the face of current and future climate disasters.


4) Igniting the Regenerative Economy (3 hrs)

This workshop explores opportunities to galvanize local green job creation through ecological restoration, green building and solar energy approaches.

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