Eleanor Roosevelt High School Career Day presenation

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  • For this slide, introduce yourself and your role with CHEARS. Why are you coming to speak to these students today?
  • Why do you feel passionate about community service to the environment? When did you start thinking about your career choices in the environmental field how did your service-learning experiences inspire you to choose your job?
  • What is Americorps? How did it get started? What do they do? What area of focus are you a part of?
  • What does your career entail on a daily basis? Describe a typical day.
  • What kind of education/training is needed for your career?
  • What are your favorite and most challenging aspects of your career?
  • How can high school students gain training and experience in your career field RIGHT NOW? How can CHEARS meet Maryland’s service learning requirements?
  • Provide your contact info. Questions?

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  • 1. Community-based environmental conservation with Americorps Alex Palmer Volunteer Maryland Coordinator Chesapeake Education Arts & Research Society
  • 2. Chesapeake Education Arts & Research Society
  • 3. There are lots of Green Jobs!
  • 4. Corporation for National & Community Service • America has a long history of community service to others • Americorps founded in 1993 during Bill Clinton’s inaugural address • AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Core Issue Areas:  Disaster Services  Economic Opportunity  Education  Healthy Futures  Veterans  Environmental Stewardship
  • 5. Community-based Conservation in Greenbelt: A typical week as a Volunteer Program Coordinator 75% Office work: • Partnership development • Reporting • Publicity materials • Budgeting • Gathering supplies • Project development 25% Field work!: • Training volunteers • Planning volunteer environmental projects • Looking at plants and wildlife • Gathering data with a GPS • Planting trees and flowers
  • 6. Schooling & Skills: What does it take to do volunteer program development in the environmental conservation world? Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) Professionalism – good people and communication skills! Technical skills (gardening, knowing how to I.D. plants and wildlife, use a GPS, etc.)
  • 7. Working with people and the environment: Painstakingly challenging but phenomenally fun!
  • 8. Green it up in Greenbelt! You can get green jobs training now with CHEARS at these upcoming volunteer workdays! Greenbelt Green Man Festival Mother’s Day Weekend Roosevelt Center on Centerway in Historic Greenbelt May 10-11 Three Sisters Demonstration Gardens Schrom Hills Garden Exploration & Workday Saturday, May 17th, 2014 from 9am-11:30am Summer Solstice Bioblitz at Schrom Hills Park Saturday, June 21st, 2014 from 10am-2pm www.chears.org More info at our website:
  • 9. Keep it green right here in Greenbelt! ‘Like’ us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/chearsorg www.chears.org Contact Alex! alex@chears.org 240-542-2168