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US Department of Interior proposes 21st Century Youth
Conservation Corps initiative.

 

21st Century Youth Conservation Corps initiative

THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT’S 2010 BUDGET includes $70 million for youth programs. This includes a $50 million increase for the 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps initiative and $20 million in existing base programs. The goal of the youth initiative is to develop new ways to engage youth in nature and help them achieve an environmental awareness and respect for resources. The initiative builds upon existing youth education programs in BLM, USGS, FWS, and NPS to instill in youth a life-long interest in public lands and help prepare the next generation of natural resource professionals.

The initiative includes:

• Environmental Education involving students and teachers and provides outdoor laboratories
• Recreation programs, such as hiking, fishing, wildlife observation, and hunting on public lands
• Youth Conservation Corps providing opportunities for young adults to work on conservation projects
• Volunteer and Community Service Programs for parks, refuges, and other public lands
• Student Career Experience Program, established to support equal employment opportunity objectives, provide exposure to public service, and promote education
• Student Temporary Employment Program, designed to combine academic study with on-the-job work experience in parks, refuges, and other public lands

Read more details on “Creating a 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps“ at www.AmericanTrails.org/resources/kids.

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