This week, Secretary of the Department of Interior, Sally Jewell took part in the ceremonies that marked the 150th anniversary of the assassination President Lincoln. A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows how smartphones could function as early warning systems for earthquakes. The Department of Interior and USDA hosted their first ever hackathon, spurring developers to use public lands and water data to develop apps that promote America’s public lands. Plus, to celebrate the start of National Park Week, all national parks are waiving their …Read More »
Expanding into a third year of our summer partnership with the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) internship program, we have renamed the program WiRED in order to link diverse students to careers within FWS that are based in the natural and ecological sciences. The internship caters to diverse students who will be exposed to projects that center around endangered species, exotic plants, and different ecosystems. WiRED 2015 will have seven open positions for college students who are interested in studying wildlife and their habitats. This …Read More »
Greening Youth Foundation goes beyond the Southeast region of the US. With our FIRST (Forest Internship Resource Student Training) program, we have expanded our YCC (youth conservation corps) program to the west coast. This year the FIRST program will host 23 interns in the states of California, Nevada, and New Mexico. These interns will consist of multi-diverse high school and college students who will work side-by-side with the Forest Service and gain a firsthand look at the conventional careers in a natural environment. These interns …Read More »
GYF is excited to connect our partners to our Environmental Education and Wellness Program! GYF recently took a group of student from the Bessie Branham Recreational Center on a field trip to go to the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, where they learned about animal habitats, and how human activity affects those habitats. The students were given a demonstration of what happens in the water cycle, as well as learning about where we get our water from in the community.
The students adventured outside to look at real animal …Read More »
As a high school student, I was first introduced to the ideas of environmental science through my sophomore science teacher. The class opened my eyes to the possibilities of joining my passion for music with that of the environment. My new found understanding of the environment and the responsibility that I had in keeping it safe caused me to think about all consequences that come by not creating a world that encouraged sustainable practices. This enlightenment informed my decision in choosing my major at Spelman …Read More »
This year Greening Youth Foundation created a stellar newsletter for all to see. Quite a few were printed, but for those who did not get a physical copy, or would just like to have an electronic version please thoroughly read this year’s newsletter. It features stories from the team behind GYF, upcoming plans for our strongly growing Atlanta Youth Corps (AYC), and inside details about the workings of each department and our month by month achievements.
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Currently, the Atlanta Youth Corps consists of two crews: the Old Fourth Ward Crew and the West Side Crew. These two crews completed their initial six-week training period on August 29th and received certifications in urban conservation, light construction and urban agriculture at their graduation ceremony on August 30th.
After completing the training, the West Side crew worked for two weeks clearing invasive species at Lindsay Street Park as well as Vine City Park under the direction of Ed Castro Landscape. After this, the crew worked …Read More »
Since the beginning of Greening Youth Foundation, we’ve been focused on making sure that youth are not only exposed to environmental stewardship, but that they can apply their learning by pursuing a career in conservation. For the past few years, we’ve been working individually with students and our partners to help them connect and work together, but that process is a bit complex and certainly isn’t scalable. Now, we’ve created a better way to pair GYF youth with jobs.
We’re excited to announce that we launched SERVE today. …Read More »
Greening Youth Foundation recently made it to the CBS Atlanta Local News Channel, here is the link to our story:
http://www.cbs46.com/story/26697639/young-adults-work-to-restore-history-in-atlanta-communityRead More »
City skyline, twinkling stars, fire pits, a s’mores bar, tents, sleeping bags, and 60+ teenagers were all necessary ingredients for a memorable urban campout that took place this past weekend. On September 19th students from across the Metro Atlanta area gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site to partake in the Legacy Campout: An Urban Camping Experience, an initiative organized and executed by The Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site & Greening Youth Foundation. With the help of sponsors including The …Read More »