New Summer Program – Summer Youth Job Corps

This summer Great River Greening launched its second youth program, Summer Youth Job Corps. In partnership with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa, Summer Youth Job Corps gives at-risk youth the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in natural resource management. A crew of 6 youth worked at various Great River Greening sites, engaging in a range of restoration work.

In addition to doing hands-on restoration work, the youth also had opportunities to meet with various professionals with green jobs and learn about their career paths. This is what a Summer Youth Job Corp participant said about the program:

It was a really valuable, educational experience! Not only did I bond with some
amazing people, but I learned a lot about the natural world around me.
– Erika

By the end of the program, youth have a great knowledge of careers in natural resource management and career skills such as team-building and leadership.