I’m truly fortunate to have had yet another opportunity to work at the National Park Service on behalf of the Greening Youth Foundation. This experience has opened my eyes to new interests that I will continue to peruse.
Working at the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument was an amazing opportunity! I gained so much from my experience.
Youth Conservation Corps
GYF recruits, trains, and exposes 16 to 25-year old diverse youth and young adults to conservation and preservation careers through internships, work crews, and special projects on federal partner sites. The high quality of GYF youth recruits came from some of our educational program high schools, our strong partnerships with HBCU’s, 4-year University and community college partners, and similar youth-focused organization partners.
The HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internships) program is an innovative partnership between the National Park Service and the Greening Youth Foundation. HBCUI is designed to link students between the ages of 18-25 attending Historically Black Institutions to NPS sites and units with a focus on the African American history and culture. The overall project goal is to instill in the interns a better understanding and appreciation of the important role African Americans played in the development and progress of the country. This program currently accepts approximately 30 participants annually who are placed on 10-week internships located across the nation. Interns are provided with housing at no cost, a monthly stipend, and funds for transportation. Please see the report on 2014’s HBCUI Program.
Urban Youth Corps
GYF’s Urban Youth Corps is a program that has been set up to provide workforce development to the city of Atlanta and execute much-needed maintenance and improvement projects around the city. It is composed of a group of 5 semi-skilled young adult Team Members, and a skilled Team Leader. Learn more here.
Collegiate & High School Internship Program (CHIP) Students from surrounding colleges, universities and high schools are recruited and trained to participate in a variety of internship and volunteer opportunities with GYF’s Public School Initiative (PSI) program. Selected interns are able to contribute to the administrative, curriculum, and teaching components of PSI. There are also GYF sponsored events that interns are able to volunteer with including our annual Urban Campout in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Throughout their internship, interns participate in Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), Urban Watershed and Project Learning Tree training and are able to receive certification in these programs. Learn more here.