Ashoka is an international nonprofit organization that builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker.
Green Schoolyards America’s founder and CEO, Sharon Danks, is an Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs that Ashoka has recognized for their innovative solutions to social problems and their potential to change patterns across society. Ashoka Fellows “demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and they prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in more than 90 countries around the globe in every area of human need.” Green Schoolyards America participates in Ashoka’s Children’s Wellbeing Initiative, and we align our work with Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative, which seeks to make empathy a priority skill for all children.
International School Grounds Alliance
The International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA) is a global network of organizations and professionals working to enrich children’s learning and play by improving the way school grounds are designed, used, and managed.
Green Schoolyards America works closely with the ISGA to research international best practices in the green schoolyard field and contributes to an ongoing dialogue that informs our organization's work in the USA. We also collaborate closely on the global celebration of International School Grounds Month each year in May. Green Schoolyards America's CEO, Sharon Danks, and Advisory Board member Cam Collyer are two of the co-founders of the ISGA and are members of the ISGA's Executive Committee and Leadership Council.
Earth Island Institute
Earth Island Institute (EII) was founded in 1982 by veteran environmentalist David R. Brower (1912 - 2000) to confront the unprecedented threats to life on Earth. EII provides mentorship and training to emerging and seasoned leaders, supports initiatives that are urgent and responsive, and inspires people to get involved and take action. Earth Island supports a diverse and vibrant network of more than 75 activist projects including Green Schoolyards America, helps emerging youth leaders, and builds effective grassroots environmental activism. Green Schoolyards America joined the organizational community at Earth Island Institute in 2017 and is proud to be a fiscally sponsored project of this organization.