The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) finished its eight year on July 26 with about 80 youth having participated in the eight-week program that offers meaningful, paid work experience, environmental education and opportunities to explore careers and develop work-readiness skills. Said one participant, “This job taught me how to use my time better, manage getting up early and prepare myself, getting dressed professionally.”
The June 15 Kick-off Lunch at Spring Lake Park included remarks from Sonoma County Supervisors Efren Carrillo (Fifth District) and Susan Gorin (First District). On July 14, youth had two financial presentations by Redwood Credit Union. The Bite of Reality simulation teaches young people how quickly a paycheck goes when supporting a household and being pushed into buy everything they’ve always wanted! Smart Spending in the Real Worldcovered topics such as understanding wants vs. needs and the importance of establishing and maintaining good credit.
The SCYEC summer ended with the Opportunity Fair at the Finley Community Center. A local business owner talked about her struggle as a youth growing up in the inner city and her current entrepreneurial success. Youth also visited more than 30 booths offering employment, education and training opportunities. Each SCYEC participant also practiced job interview skills.
Post-SCYEC season, some crew members continue working with multiple project hosts, such as the Sonoma County Water Agency, Regional Parks, the City of Santa Rosa and the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation.
Contact: Sherry Alderman, (707) 565-8501