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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Video, 11 minutes, 56 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey, North Jersey

Anthony Diaz: Serving Up Community and Clean Water in Newark

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  • This video focuses on Anthony Diaz, co-founder and executive director of the Newark Water Coalition in New Jersey, who discusses the importance of water as a natural resource and how the coalition provides water and food to the community.
  • Students will learn how Mr. Diaz's Coalition helps others, how he advocates for clean water, and the power of community service to lift a neighborhood.
Teaching Tips


  • The interviewee mentions community service frequently as a positive outlet for personal growth.
  • The video has visuals for the many community service projects Mr. Diaz discusses, so the narrative is easy to follow.
  • The resource includes detailed discussion questions and links to provide more information about climate solutions. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Mr. Diaz mentions the pandemic and that "people were suffering in silence," so teachers should prepare for students to discuss memories of that time.
  • Students should know the terms indigenous, aeroponics, and inherent value.
  • The interviewee mentions anime as a stress reliever so students can discuss their favorite anime characters and shows.


  • Mr. Diaz discusses having grit, tenacity, and perseverance due to his childhood circumstances and neighborhood so English teachers can have students watch the video, define those terms, and then complete a creative writing activity about someone who displays the same qualities.
  • Guidance counselors facilitate a discussion about the concept of limited potentials stemming from limited dreams after students view the video.
  • Mr. Diaz mentions "systems of oppression" as catalysts for a survival mode response.  History teachers can have students research the phrase and then apply it to the history of people living in lower socio-economic areas in the United States.
  • He also mentions the importance of becoming self-sustainable by growing food so Science teachers can use that discussion to begin a classroom gardening activity.
  • This video is one of a larger documentary project highlighting climate heroes so teachers can create small-group research projects with the set of videos.
Scientist Notes
This resource from Project Drawdown provides a ~12-minute video about Newark's water coalition and how it has brought a community together. The video follows narrator Anthony Diaz and his personal story and efforts to bring clean water, housing, and food to his community. The resource also includes discussion questions and links to learn more and take action.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with peers on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, qualitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.12.IML.7: Develop an argument to support a claim regarding a current workplace or societal/ethical issue such as climate change (e.g., NJSLSA.W1, 7.1.AL.PRSNT.4).
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