Job Training for Teenagers

The Marin Youth Ecology Corps (MYEC) will be launched this summer providing local youth with job readiness skills in the outdoors. The program will employ 16 Marin County youth, between the ages of 16-24, to complete daily paid conservation work at either the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden or Mt. Tamalpais State Park for a total of eight weeks. Participants will also receive weekly instruction on current environmental issues and career exploration. The partners in this program are the Marin Employment Connection, Conservation Corps North Bay, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, California State Parks and the Marin County Board of Supervisors. “We are really excited about this summer’s program and the chance to engage young people in gaining new skills and doing important work in the outdoors,” said Max Korten, the conservation corps’ director of natural resources and contracting. “The sense of accomplishment from building a trail or planting, tending and harvesting a row of tomatoes is truly meaningful and rare in our modern world.” “This project will give young participants an idea of what we do as managers to protect cultural and environmental resources,” said Victor Bjelajac, maintenance chief of the California State Parks/Marin Sector. Applications are available via Marin Employment Connection’s website: www.marinemployment.org. To find out more call Marilee Eckert at (415) 246-3248 or email meckert@conservationcorpsnorthbay.org.
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