HARRISBURG, Pa. — Several members of the Wolf Administration visited with crew members of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps Youth Crew during its first week at Reservoir Park in Harrisburg.
Created under the Wolf administration, the program offers young people the opportunity to serve on a team and complete conservation projects that protect, enhance, and restore Pennsylvania’s public lands.
Participants are also taught about public service, and the program provides job skills and ethics to make the participants better employees in the future.
Over 900 young people have completed the program.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier, Office of Administration (OA) Secretary Michael Newsome and Harrisburg Mayor Wanda Williams all visited the program Wednesday.
“I am always energized by these visits and enjoy spending time with our future leaders as we are doing today,” said Dunn.
Dunn noted how the program targets underserved communities to increase awareness about conservation and add to the diversity of young people who have an interest in natural resource protection jobs.
“We want the next generation of conservationists to come out of our diverse city,” said Williams. “This program, should we be so fortunate to make it an annual event, will give kids here something to do in the summer when they’re out of the classroom, as a way to put back into the community and make it more beautiful and safer.”
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