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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Civics, Health, Career Skills

Resource Types

  • Videos, 11 minutes, 15 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Connecticut

Doreen Abubakar: Using Your Authentic Voice to Create Change

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  • This video of an interview with Doreen Abubakar, founder of CPEN, examines grassroots community activism in Connecticut, how to engage in effective activism at the community level, and the challenges faced by minorities when they're leading a non-profit organization.
  • Students will participate in a discussion to synthesize their learning about the importance of connections to nature, the value of persistence, and meaningful community engagement.
Teaching Tips


  • The discussion questions allow students to think deeply about their place in the climate movement.
  • The interview is thoughtful, engaging, and inspiring.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be helpful if students understand systemic racism in the United States.
  • It may benefit students to understand the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I).


  • Students can watch the video at home to prepare for an in-class discussion considering the construction of their community and how it impacts their health and well-being.
  • This video can fit within a larger social studies unit on systemic racism in the United States.
  • This video can support a lesson on the health impacts of systemic racism and how to reverse these negative impacts.
  • This video can augment a classroom discussion where students share experiences of not being taken seriously because of their identity.
  • Students can study the benefits and examples of urban green spaces.
Scientist Notes
Community activism is an important part of climate solutions. The climate science discussed in this video is accurate.

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

  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • Comprehensive Health & Physical Education
    • Personal and Mental Health
      • 2.1.12.CHSS.7: Describe how individuals and local, state, and global advocacy organizations can collaborate to address common local and global health and social issues (e.g., hunger, clean water, organ/tissue donation).
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.12.CT.1: Identify problem-solving strategies used in the development of an innovative product or practice (e.g., 1.1.12acc.C1b, 2.2.12.PF.3).
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.PE.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.ES.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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