Translating the Value of Stormwater Infrastructure

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2014 Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference
Presenter is Angelou Ezeilo

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Translating the Value of Stormwater Infrastructure

  1. 1. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 GREENING YOUTH FOUNDATION How engaging youth/young adults can be a solution to preserving local parks and greenspaces Presentation to: Park Pride Conference March 31, 2014
  2. 2. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 MISSION Greening Youth Foundation (www.gyfoundation.org) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture enthusiastic and responsible environmental stewardship among underserved and disconnected children and young adults. GYF does this through its two main programs: -the Public Schools Initiative - the Youth Conservation Corps
  3. 3. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 PUBLIC SCHOOL INITIATIVE (PSI) In the last six years, GYF has engaged over 30,000 students in the metro-Atlanta area as well as its international program in lessons and activities that generate environmental stewardship, notably through: - the C.L.E.A.N. Program® (Children Living Energetically Advancing Nature) - the Eco-Force Club®, a student-run environmental club - the Green Speaker Series ®, which introduces environmental professionals to the students, and - the STEM Program, which introduces high school students to environmental careers
  4. 4. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 SCHOOL INTERNS IN ACTION Giving conservation lessons
  5. 5. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 GREEN SPEAKER® SERIES
  6. 6. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 STEM ACTIVITIES Energy & Water Conservation Audits at a partner High School
  7. 7. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 GYF ECO-FORCERS® IN SUMMER INTERNSHIPS Kennesaw Mountain NBP Junior Ranger Internship
  8. 8. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 GYF’S GHANA INITIATIVE Imparting Environmental Programming in 3 Public Schools
  9. 9. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 Through our cooperative agreements with the National Park Service in 2009, and subsequently with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Forest Service, GYF has introduced over 100 diverse youth to careers in conservation through internships and service crews. GYF’S YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS (YCC)
  10. 10. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 These interns have worked in areas such as biological and cultural research, interpretive and visitor services, accounting and financial internships, museum and curatorial research, facility energy auditing and retrofitting, sustainable trail building and maintenance, and invasive species control. YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS CONT.
  11. 11. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 9 HBCU students from Hampton University and Tuskegee University were placed at nearby African American centered NPS sites in summer internships in an effort to link HBCU’s with NPS sites and units with a focus on the African American experience and culture. PROJECT EXAMPLES HBCUI PROJECT
  12. 12. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 16 diverse and at-risk youth were trained, certified, and employed in energy auditing and retrofitting of 10 national park sites (including the Grand Canyon) in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico PROJECT EXAMPLES – G.R.E.E.N. PROJECT
  13. 13. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 Southeast Regional Office, NPS - Accounting, Budgeting & Finance, Partnerships Everglades NP - Biological Research, Interpretation MLK Jr. NHS - Interpretation & Visitor Services, Curatorial. Kennesaw Mountain NBP - Technology, Junior Ranger US FWS – Internships in FL, SC, and LA US Forest Service – Internships in Milwaukee, Tuskegee; Service Crews in GA OTHER SAMPLE PROJECTS
  14. 14. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 SUCCESS STORIES • GYF Interns transitioning into permanent NPS positions at Everglades and Great Smoky Mountains • GYF G.R.E.E.N. Interns in Colorado pursuing sustainable careers • GYF high school students transitioning into paid NPS summer internships • PSI GreenCorps intern transitioning into paid internship with NPS, and then into GYF Recruiting partner • Partner organization for the Department of Interior’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps
  15. 15. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 OPPORTUNITIES -Deferred maintenance and resource improvement opportunities nationally (about $1.446 million in SE Region) -Untapped federal partnerships (Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Bureau of Land Management, Geological Survey, etc.) - High profile “Youth” and “Diversity” mandates
  16. 16. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 EXPOSING DIVERSE YOUTH TO CONSERVATION CAREERS …ONE PROJECT AT A TIME
  17. 17. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 THE PROBLEM • City of Atlanta owns & maintains 350 parks & green spaces & 28 recreation centers • Due to budget & city population growth, many are neglected or under- maintained • African-American youth in Atlanta between 16 and 24 • Face an unemployment rate of close to 45% • Lack necessary skills to obtain gainful employment
  18. 18. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 THE SOLUTION The Atlanta Youth Corps • Assembles crews of 6 members ages 17-24 • Assigns crews to special projects throughout Atlanta • Assists with ongoing maintenance of Atlanta parks and recreation centers and other designated projects • Provides services such as • Garden installation • Tree planting • Landscaping • Painting • Light construction • Trail restoration • & More
  19. 19. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 THE CREWS • Crew members are a part of the program for one year • Each crew has • One team leader (over 21) –paid $13/hour • 5 crew members (17-24) – paid $11/hour
  20. 20. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 AYC SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT • Financial Literacy • Entrepreneurship Training • Continuing Education –GED, H.S. Diploma, Certifications, etc. • Cultural Awareness • Community Service
  21. 21. GREEN FIEND GREENFIEND1234 Sample Street, Anytown, St. 12345 QUESTIONS?

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