Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps merits national recognition
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The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) has recognized the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps as a  21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC). The 21CSC is a national collaborative effort to put America’s youth and veterans to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s natural and cultural resources. Nationally, only 91 local and state corps received the 21CSC designation.

“We are extremely proud that the 5-year-old Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps was recognized nationally as an organization that provides young people meaningful work and a lifelong connection to the outdoors,” said Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairman David Rabbitt. “It’s remarkable that the relatively new SCYEC has joined the ranks of older, more established programs as a model for other communities.”

The 21CSC engages young Americans aged 15-25 and veterans up to age 35. Through the 21CSC, young people and veterans will accomplish meaningful work, gaining important personal and professional skills and builds a lifelong connection to the outdoors.

All 21CSC participants gain skills and deliver results that include enhancing recreational opportunities and access, protecting wildlife, restoring impaired watersheds, removing invasive species, increasing energy efficiency, preserving historic or cultural sites, enhancing community spaces, coordinating volunteers, supporting monitoring or data needs, responding to natural disasters, reducing hazardous fuels and protecting communities from wildfire.

Increasing diversity and expanding opportunities for all youth and veterans are core 21CSC principles: all 21CSC member organizations emphasize diversity and inclusion. For more information, go to  www.21csc.org.

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