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To promote community empowerment, PODER has undertaken projects to educate
the community so they may advocate for themselves and take the appropriate actions
to become participants in decisions that ultimately affect their quality of life.

Nahui Ollin Climate Justice - Healthy Communities Project works with parents and
community residents to address air, soil, and water quality issues and their impact on
children's health. PODER also conducts workshops on various environmental health
issues, including the health impacts of exposure to noise, electro- magnetic fields,
and extreme heat, the Hazards Communications Standards of the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), community/workplace hazards mapping of
potential risks, and worker health and safety rights.

Young Scholars for Justice Project is dedicated to the development of youth and
young adults of color to address education, environmental, economic, and social
justice issues affecting them and ensure gender, racial and resource equity. The
project promotes youth and young adult integration in all areas of PODER's program
work.

TEAM (Technology, Education, Advocacy and Mobilization) project, seeks to narrow
the digital divide for PODER board members and others in the community by
providing them with technology and training.

Keepers of the Roy Guerrero Colorado River Park - PODER has established
"Keepers of Roy Guerrero Colorado River Park", a friends of the park group to help
monitor and insure that the park continues to develop in a way that will preserve the
natural habitat of the wild life and the environment.

Oak Springs Water Quality and Preserve Project - Located at Airport Boulevard
and Oak Springs Drive, the Oak Springs Water Quality and Preserve Project provides
nearly 6 acres of green space, large trees, hundreds of native plant species, and a
natural freshwater spring. Saved from destruction by PODER, community
groups/organizations and the City of Austin, this area represents another success in
beautifying and protecting East Austin and providing a nature area for the community
to enjoy.