Youth Education Coordinators (YECs) build the long-term capacity of their host site to develop and deliver youth-focused service learning projects, science field trips, and outdoor experiential education.
Recruiting for 2017 half-term positions is now open. Partners are below for reference:
Specifically, YECs collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect young people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. With educators and volunteers, YECs help guide youth in environmental research, school and community garden projects, urban tree stewardship projects, urban pocket park projects, and green jobs training and internship programs. By serving with youth in an outdoor learning environment, they reinforce the connection between people, nature, and community and foster an inclusive land stewardship ethic in future generations.
MassLIFT-AmeriCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers.
Examples of service learning activities that may accomplish one or more of the goals above include, but are not limited to, water quality assessment and/or monitoring, vernal pool assessment and/or certification, wildlife monitoring, pollinator habitat improvement and/or garden design, edible school garden design, biological assessments, inventories and monitoring, urban greening projects, invasive species mitigation, community farming projects, recreational trail construction and maintenance projects, button/natural park design projects, organic gardening workshops, interpretive field trips, nesting box construction, installation, and monitoring, maple syrup making workshops, etc.