Grant Provides Summer Jobs for YESS Students

Posted: July 27, 2012


Project YESS crew and interns from George Fox University take a break from a project at Oxbow Park.
Project YESS crew and interns from George Fox University
take a break from a project at Oxbow Park.

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) was recently chosen to receive a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) grant which provides summer jobs for young people with the goal of training the next generation of natural resource professionals.

This grant was formed in response to President Barack Obama's call to increase summer employment for youth; nationwide, 20 programs received the grant out of 300 applications.

MHCC's Project YESS (Youth Employability Support Services) team wrote the grant and will identify at-risk and low-income youth to participate in this opportunity. These students will work closely with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and other organizations and agencies to build trails, maintain parks, assist professionals with salmon restoration and perform many other functions aimed at restoring and preserving wildlife habitat and outdoor opportunities for people.

"The purpose of this grant is to give students hands-on experience and exposure to all the amazing careers in conservation and natural resources. We want them to gain work experience, but we also want to get them out of the city and immersed in the natural world," says Michael Oliver, Project YESS's advising specialist.

Look for the Project YESS booth at the Summer Jobs fair that will be held winter term on the Gresham campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. For more information, please visit mhcc.edu/yess.

Former Project YESS student and crew member Ivan Castillo enjoys communing with the eight-legged variety of nature.
Former Project YESS student and crew member Ivan Castillo
enjoys communing with the eight-legged variety of nature.
Project YESS crew members work on a salmon habitat restoration project with community partner, the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council.
Project YESS crew members work on a salmon
habitat restoration project with community partner,
the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council.
Project YESS crew members build a boardwalk for The Nature Conservancy on the Camassia Preserve.
Project YESS crew members build a boardwalk for
The Nature Conservancy on the Camassia Preserve.

By Amber Patton

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