Homestretch Project

Homestretch Project

This past summer, GYF once again had the pleasure of managing the Homestretch Internship. This internship, a partnership between the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (NPS), Homestretch (a transitional living facility, and Greening Youth Foundation, recruits, places, manages, and provides workforce exposure to Fulton County at-risk or homeless high school students. This summer, 7 students worked under the leadership of two college students over 5 weeks, performing education and public area maintenance on the NPS sites. It is the third year for this program, and …

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The FIRST Experience: Robyn Lucero

The FIRST Experience: Robyn Lucero

During my internship with the USDA Forest Service, I have been fortunate to work in an administrative capacity for two different staffs.  Both the Health and Safety Staff, and the Law Enforcement and Investigations Staff, have tasked me with many administrative duties such as filing, organizing Forest Protection Officer files, as well as other administrative tasks. I have also participated in field activities which includes ride alongs with the Patrol Commander. We patrolled the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. During this time, I …

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HBCUI Leadership & Careers Workshop: Two Cities, One Movement

HBCUI Leadership & Careers Workshop: Two Cities, One Movement

The HBCUI Leadership & Careers Workshop for the South Region went remarkably, the students all had the opportunity to meet with National Parks Service officials, many of the officials present made the work the interns do possible. HBCUI interns also had the opportunity to network with many great people who served as speakers, presenters, moderators, and special guests at the workshop such as Audrey Peterman, Shonda Shropshire, and Judy Forte.
Each student had the opportunity to present their own presentation, which served as a testament to the …

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The WiRED Experience: Kiara Ventura Pimentel

The WiRED Experience: Kiara Ventura Pimentel

My name is Kiara Ventura Pimentel. Currently I work in the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge as an assistant in educational activities and as lead assistant in the Youth Conservation Corps program (YCC).

I started working on May 18, 2015. This experience has been rewarding as I have had the opportunity and experience of doing several things. I learned about environmental conservation and have been able to overcome strong fears of performing work traditionally considered to be performed by men. For me it has been an honor to be …

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The WiRED Experience: Matthew Francis

The WiRED Experience: Matthew Francis

On May 25th, I received a call telling me that I had received an internship in west Tennessee and had a week to prepare myself for the exodus. I quit the job I received an hour before the call, canceled my hiking trip on Enchanted Rock, sold my Astros versus Yankees baseball ticket, and called Uncle Mark to say I was not coming to the farm in Crockett. I consider this opportunity important enough to drop all my prior plans, drive thirteen hours, and start …

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Happy Great Outdoors Month!

Happy Great Outdoors Month!

On last Friday, the President of the United States issued his proclamation designating June as Great Outdoors Month. He urges all Americans to explore the great outdoors and to uphold our nation’s legacy of conserving our lands and waters.

With outstanding ideas and happenings among the Great Outdoors partnerships, there are tons of ways to get involved and get outdoors! With the summertime offering growing greenery and glistening skin, we encourage everyone to enjoy the many events that will be taking place, as part of Great Outdoors Month. …

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Introducing Our New Program: WiRED

Introducing Our New Program: WiRED

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 …

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Introducing Our New Program: FIRST

Introducing Our New Program: FIRST

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 …

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Bessie Branham Ventures to the Outdoor Activity Center

Bessie Branham Ventures to the Outdoor Activity Center

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 …

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PSI Program Projections

PSI Program Projections

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 …

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