During the summer, SCA runs a program in partnership with the Friends of the Forest Preserves to engage local students (ages 15-19) from the Chicago area in community conservation projects in the region. Students will provide hands-on service doing meaningful environmental work projects such as trail building and restoration, invasive plant removal, revegetation projects, construction, and be engaged in weekly environmental education activities. Field trips will also complement this 6 week program. The program is designed to provide employment and education to develop conservation and community leaders as well as local land stewards. Students receive a stipend for successfully completing the program but most importantly, they have fun!
Students and staff are recruited by FOTFP and SCA staff from local neighborhood schools, church groups and community centers in and around Chicago. Crews of ten will each be led by two crew leaders who will provide students with environmental education opportunities related to the work projects. Environmental education days and field trips will be conducted once a week in order for students to understand how their projects relate to conservation in their communities. Members will also complete Job Readiness Training (including building a resume) as a part of their participation in order to build job skills.
For more information or to apply, please email Sam Vergara