SCA's Summer Conservation Crews are teams of high school students working in local parks for six weeks over the summer. From July 1st to August 9th, students work up to 35hrs a week, one day each week is reserved for environmental education field trips. Transportation will be provided from an assigned public transportation stop and students will return to that designated stop at the end of the workday.
Students in the summer program will:
Here’s your chance to be part of a program that promotes youth leadership and conservation! The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is a dynamic, nonprofit national organization which encourages and supports youth in service to the environment.
SCA is NOW seeking qualified applicants to participate, volunteer, lead, educate, and inspire in our programs. Please contact our main office for details, 215-756-2279
Special thanks to SCA’s Philadelphia Crew supporters: National Park Service, Exelon Corporation (PECO), The Boeing Company, William Penn Foundation, PNC, Wheelabrator Falls Inc, Philadelphia Youth Network, George and Miriam Martin Foundation, and others in the Philadelphia area.
The SCA Greater Philadelphia Summer Program successfully completed its fourth year, with area youth completing meaningful summer service projects while gaining leadership and Job Readiness skills. These local high school students committed themselves to working on conservation service projects in Philadelphia’s parks and natural areas, becoming an integral part of SCA’s mission of building the next generation of conservation leaders by engaging in hands-on service to the land.
An SCA partner since the Philadelphia program launched in 2009, Valley Forge has continuously provided great projects and offered many opportunities for SCA program youth. Valley Forge Crew Accomplishments:
By KYW's Karin Phillips
The official launch was held Tuesday morning for a program that introduces urban youth to "green" jobs.
High school kids in light blue t-shirts worked to clean up the area in front of the Valley Green Inn, in Wissahickon Valley Park. They are part of the Conservation Leadership Corps, a group of 50 local high school kids working at green jobs in area parks, including removal of invasive plants, picking up litter, and gardening.
Valerie Bailey (at left in photo) is executive vice president of the Student Conservation Association:
"When they end their summer, they would have gained quite a number of things. They will have learned some real job readiness skills."
Fifteen-year-old Lemiah Tucker of West Philadelphia has been working in Valley Forge Park. She says the great outdoors is something brand new for her:
"Maybe I'll volunteer down the road and help work with animals on the outside. I like this!"
Kobi Amissah of West Philadelphia, also 15, has been working along the Bala Cynwd Trail:
"I had orginally planned on being a lawyer but this is shaping me. Yeah. It might be possible in my future."
Local Walmart representative Tony Tenaglia (at right in photo):
"This is fantastic! And with the weather that we had this weekend, and the work that they are able to do today, it's obvious that it's needed."
Walmart donated $170,000 for the program.
(Photo by KYW's Karin Phillips)