Growing up in Pittsburgh’s troubled Manchester neighborhood in the 1990s, Quincy Kofi Swatson thought most of his doors were closed. “It was a homogenously poor neighborhood,” he says, “and homogenously of one race, and you’d get caught up in the mindset that everyone is in the same situation and there are limited ways to get out.”Read more
SCA fielded its first community conservation program in Pittsburgh in 2000, partnering with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Since that first year, thousands of youth in the Pittsburgh region have participated in SCA programs. Thanks to the City of Pittsburgh, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and numerous community groups, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to Pittsburgh young people each year.
The SCA Pittsburgh Community Program provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running October through May) and summer programs (running July through August). The Pittsburgh Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs occur on weekends, while paid service programs run Monday-Friday in the summertime, but require evening and weekend participation during the school year. Members serve at sites in and around Pittsburgh. Participants build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects.
During the program, participants will learn how to work as members of a diverse team of peers; gain knowledge of public land resources, environmental issues, and career readiness skills; increase understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques; acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation; and develop valuable professional skills through teambuilding and leadership activities.
- CPR Certification
- Resume Building
- Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
- Financial Literacy
- Habitat Restoration
- Trail Skills
Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or in high school. Other requirements vary by position.
To contact SCA’s Community Program in Pittsburgh, email rsouthers@theSCA.org.