Jan 13, 2016

Bureau of Reclamation Selects 16 Entities for Youth Programs

The master cooperative agreements cover five years and will speed up award funding for youth programs as projects become available

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has selected 16 entities from throughout the United States to participate in its youth conservation and youth intern partnership programs. The master cooperative agreements cover five years and will speed up award funding for youth programs as projects become available. No funding is associated or guaranteed with these agreements.

“Young people seeking a career that connects with America’s outdoors truly benefit from real-world experiences that provide on-the-job training in resource management issues,” said Commissioner Estevan López. “These new agreements with grass-roots conservation and internship programs support Secretary Sally Jewell's ‘Let's Move! Outside’ initiative. It is one more way we seek to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors."

Since 2010, Reclamation has entered into more than 15 cooperative agreements with several youth organizations throughout its 17-western-state jurisdiction. These cooperative agreements have supported about 800 youth opportunities.

Eleven entities have been selected to enter into a cooperative agreement for the placement of youth interns, and ten entities have been selected to enter into a cooperative agreement for youth conservation crews; five of these entities will have cooperative agreements under both programs. The entities were selected in a competitive process through two funding opportunity announcements released in September.

The following 11 entities have been selected for placement in youth intern partnership programs:

  • Conservation Legacy—Durango, Colo.
  • Greening Youth Foundation Inc.—Atlanta
  • Hispanic Access Foundation—Washington, D.C. 
  • Mobilize Green Inc.—Washington, D.C. 
  • The Student Conservation Association Inc.—Charlestown, N.H.
  • The Great Basin Institute—Reno, Nev. 
  • ACE Epic Internship Program—Flagstaff, Ariz. 
  • Montana Conservation Corps—Bozeman, Mont. 
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities—San Antonio
  • Northwest Youth Corps—Eugene, Ore.
  • Minority Access Incorporated—Hyattsville, Md.

Participants in Reclamation’s youth intern program will build understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources and learn how to maintain and manage these resources.

The following ten entities have been selected for placement in youth conservation crews:

  • Utah Conservation Corps, Utah State University—Logan, Utah 
  • Conservation Legacy—Durango, Colo. 
  • California Conservation Corps—Sacramento, Calif. 
  • American Conservation Experience—Flagstaff, Ariz. 
  • The Student Conservation Association Inc.—Charlestown, N.H.
  • Northwest Youth Corps—Eugene, Ore. 
  • Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission—Fresno, Calif. 
  • American Youthworks—Austin, Texas 
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps—Taos, N.M.
  • Montana Conservation Corps—Bozeman, Mont.

Youth conservation crew participants will perform conservation projects on Reclamation lands and assist Reclamation with performing research and public education tasks associated with natural and cultural resources.

Partnering entities must provide a minimum of 25% of the total project costs in funding or in-kind support. Reclamation will collaborate with the recipients to create and manage individual projects. To learn more about Reclamation’s youth program, please visit www.usbr.gov/youth.

This work is part of an overall strategy by the Obama Administration to connect young people to nature. The Department of the Interior is leading First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! Outside” initiative, getting millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work in America’s outdoors, as well as get actively involved in promoting and supporting President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” program, providing all fourth-grade students and their families with free admission to national parks and other public lands and waters for a full year.

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