Santa Rosa, CA – June 12, 2019 –
On Monday June 17, 2019 more than 40 Sonoma County youth and young adults will be engaged in activities ranging from invasive species removal to watershed education and riparian habitat exploration at Westside Water Education Center. The clean-up and
educational activities are the kick-off event for the 2019 Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) which is proudly in our 11th year. SCYEC is dedicated to community improvement projects, providing paid work experience and educational opportunities for youth. The kick-off event is one of several
opportunities for the media to interview and photograph program participants and providers (Details for all events, below).
The 16-to-24-year-olds employed through this summer’s program will be working for eight weeks on ecosystem restoration and conservation-related projects. earning 13.80 per hour. An additional 16 young adults are also engaged in the SCYEC’s Career Pathway Program this summer, working on a senior field crew with the water
agency, and engaged in internships with the water agency, county general services and regional parks.
Youth will be engaged in fire recovery and rehabilitation efforts, flood mitigation and stream restoration activities, creek clean up and invasive species removal, maintaining and building trails in local parks, cleaning up open spaces, supporting community
gardening projects, and providing in-office assistance to local non-profit organizations across Sonoma County. Throughout the summer, crew members will receive job-readiness training and environmental education.
“By engaging youth in paid job training and work experience, we are empowering them to develop a connection to their community, economy and environment while simultaneously helping restore ecosystems and proactively managing our creeks, trails, and natural resources.” said David Rabbitt, chairman of the Sonoma County Board of
Training and orientation for the summer program will begin on Monday, June 17th. The kick-off on June 20th is a time for young people employed in the program to work together as crews and to hear from community leaders and government and
nonprofit partners about the work they will be accomplishing throughout the county.
SCYEC Media Opportunities and Details
SCYEC Kick-Off Work Day and Picnic
June 20, 2019
Location: Westside Water Education Center
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Work Day Begins
11:45 a.m. – Lunch
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Kick-Off Program
Directions: Take 101 to the River Road/Mark West Spring Road Exit and head west on River Road. Continue on River Road until you reach Wohler Road. Turn right onto Wohler Road and continue until you reach the Wohler Bridge. Cross the Wohler Bridge and
Westside Water Education Center will be on the right. (Please Car Pool as there is limited parking onsite).
RSVP: Please RSVP to Emma Sharpe at
Emma.Sharpe@scwa.ca.gov or (707) 521-6200.
Visit a Crew Days – SAVE THE DATE -
July 10th, 18th, 24th or 25th
Take advantage of the opportunity to observe a crew in the field and speak directly with crew members, SCYEC Partners and Youth Agency staff. Specific locations to be announced as crew assignments and locations are solidified.
Santa Rosa: Wednesday,
July 10th 1:30 PM
Conservation Corps North Bay
North County: Thursday, July 18th 1:30 PM
Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship
West County: Wednesday, July 24th 11:30 AM
West County Community Services
Sonoma Valley: Thursday, July 25th 1:30 PM
Social Advocates for Youth – Sonoma Valley
South County: Date and Time TBD
Petaluma Peoples Services Center
RSVP: Please RSVP to Steve Trippe at
firstname.lastname@example.org (707) 824-4000.
Opportunity Fair: Showcasing Options
for the Future
am to Noon
Sonoma County Job Link
2227 Capricorn Way #100, Santa Rosa
Volunteers needed to conduct mock interviews!
RSVP: Please RSVP to Amanda Gayda at
email@example.com (707) 565-5548.