In 2013, RGISC established the Eco-Ambassador youth outreach program. Over the past two years, it has recruited and trained nearly 200 high school and college students about issues affecting the river and local environment. Past summer projects have focused on plastic bags and solar energy.
Eco-Ambassadors are RGISC’s special soldiers tasked with helping massive community service projects RGISC undertakes which runs the entire spectrum. From fundraising, passing out flyers promoting our cause, and working together to help clean up the Laredo community, being an Eco-Ambassador is an adventure all on its own.
The youth who are interested in becoming Eco-Ambassadors are each trained in a variety of different aspects. They learn the rich history of Laredo and how it ties into the life and vivacity that the Rio Grande brings to our city and how, over the years, the river has been increasingly put at risk by the amount of pollution, debris, and trash that accumulates along its riverbanks and inside the water itself. Eco-Ambassadors are also taught about the river ecosystem, its ecology, and how the Rio Grande is the backbone of Laredo, supplying its citizens with the water they need to cook, clean, wash, and drink.
RGISC strives for public awareness of the environmental issues that Laredo and the surrounding communities must face on a daily basis that affect the way we live and the best way to expand our public outlook on this issues is by enlisting Eco-Ambassadors to spread advocacy, education, and collaboration among Laredo and its people.
Rio Grande International Study Center 1 West End Washington St. Bldg P-11, Laredo, Texas