“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” -Rachel Carson
I bring my youngest kiddo to work at least once a week and while it is challenging at times, the presence of a young human in an office setting is quite wonderful. While I’m seemingly focused on work he is playing office and pushing buttons. In his eyes, every push of a computer key is playing with a toy. In my hands, this computer is a tool but it’s all perspective, right?
Children have interesting perspectives on the world: perspectives shaped by family values, cultural norms and media. Perspectives are also shaped by the experiences in our lives.
While we work with many adults throughout California, our organization values young people for their potential. We work with youth because they are a bit less brittle than adults and usually willing to try something new. Sierra Institute is investing in young people by providing experiences enhanced with natural resource education and stewardship principles.
Throughout 2017, Sierra Institute provided a number of natural resource and stewardship experiences to youth in Indian Valley. Our Developing Young Stewards program takes a three-pronged approach to developing a stewardship ethic among local and urban youth including: recreation, environmental education and career development.
Our Natural Resource Education Team worked with GHS, IVA, Roundhouse Council and PNF to bring the ever-relevant and inaugural Fire Institute.
Paid Internships are great opportunity for young people… check out what our High School Interns did over summer.
You’ve heard of P-CREW, Plumas Conservation, Restoration, Education in Watersheds, Interns are exposed to natural resource careers that are critical for our society’s well being, given the opportunity to develop the ever-so-crucial hardy work ethic and are able to truly connect with the world when they leave their phones behind. Besides giving the Interns the gear and techniques to recreate safely and adventurously, we also provide them with interview skills, resume development and additional job opportunities. P-CREW is expanding to 4 crews next year. If you know a student who would benefit from this program, email Ashley.
Sierra Institute aims to develop leaders- people who understand responsibility and want to share their skills and stories for the good of all people everywhere- through our Developing Young Stewards approach. Our programs give youth positive experiences and opportunities to learn, work hard and play harder; to develop interesting and diverse perspectives to inform the future.
This week our #GivingTuesday campaign is for the young ones. Every dollar you donate gives young people opportunities to work and play in Plumas County through our Developing Young Stewards programs.
When you donate to our Developing Young Stewards programs you send a message that:
young people matter,
a stewardship ethic will keep resources available for generations to come, and
outdoor recreation is a great way to experience place.
Young at heart. Strong by experience. Thank you for reading this article and for sharing your skills with youth in Plumas County.
Article by R. Harvey for #GivingTuesday November 28, 2017.