Collaboration for Conservation

DSC_0134President Obama asked ELK for a favor, and our answer was a resounding “yes”!! ELK has been approved as only one of 91 organization (in the entire country) to help the Obama Administration implement the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) has been announced as a collaborative effort to put America’s youth and veterans to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s great outdoors. Through the 21CSC, young people and veterans will accomplish meaningful work, and gain important personal and professional skills while building a lifelong connection to the outdoors.

ELK is honored to be one of the initial organizations nationwide for the 21CSC. This national collaborative effort will help us leverage support for our programs that educate and empower communities of color to become fully engaged in all issues related to the environment. Through   youth development programs that provide science education, employment opportunities, career exploration, and leadership development; careers in science and natural resources have become a reality for our students.

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps will partner with ELK’s Youth in Natural Resources (YNR) program. YNR is a year-round, multi-year, youth development program dedicated to providing science education, employment opportunities, career exploration, and leadership programs to culturally diverse, underserved youth ages 14-24, in the Denver metropolitan area.

For more information, visit the partner-hosted website www.21csc.org.

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