I had two job offers for the summer before my junior year of high school, and I went for the one that came with new boots. The job was with Student Conservation Association (SCA), a program that offers youth the opportunity for real jobs in the conservation ﬁeld. I was assigned to a crew working on trails in Washington DC. Since then, I have been a part of three additional SCA crews in DC, Maryland and South Dakota. During all these crews I wore the same pair of Timberlands. They’ve changed since I got them, and I’ve changed too.
Every year, SCA provides training, tools and projects that place motivated teens and young adults in the ﬁeld to effect changes great and small. How do we measure the effects? Sometimes its through decreased CO2 levels or by the tons of trash collected or in the number of trees planted. Our success is also measured by the lessons learned, the perspective gained and the lives we transform—today and into the future. Often when the SCA project is over, the success story is just beginning. Take a look at some of our most recent accomplishments.