I remember watching the movie “The Matrix” when it first came out and recall being stunned by the image of human beings being harvested for their energy. As disturbing as this concept may be to some, today’s students are using their unbridled energy to make a difference in their own communities.
In an article written by Gregory Smith “Enlisting the Energies of Schoolkids“, students from Boston, Hawaii, California and Texas successfully advocated for and implemented anti-pollution campaigns in their own communities. As school districts all over the U.S. scramble to meet State mandated standards in reading and math proficiency, new models of learning are shifting to place-based and community-based learning that engage our youth’s imaginations in ways that are just as meaningful and relevant.
Place-based and community-based learning is also the foundation of SCA’s Green Job Readiness Curriculum and Conservation Leadership Corps, a summer youth employment program for high school students.
Read more of “Enlisting the Energies of Schoolkids” to find ways you can engage and inspire youth in your community here.
The American Eagle Foundation, one of SCA’s national sponsors initiated a country-wide campaign to “Reclaim the Outdoors”. On October 3rd, 30 volunteers from the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, the Hub of Detroit and SCA Detroit engaged in a day of trail work and riding at the only mountain bike trail in Detroit, a two mile loop along the Rouge River in Northwest Detroit.
The projects included:
Securing an existing bridge platform
Building 2 retaining walls to prevent washout and to widen trail
Reworking tread and create drainage solutions
Defining trail borders and relocate native plantings to block off social trails
Removing felled trees and general clean-up
Thank you to all those that participated and helped make the event a huge success! SCA Detroit would also like to thank The American Eagle Foundation, The MMBA and the Hub for their generous support!
Photo Credits: AJ Viola
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The Rouge Park Mountain Bike Trail
Securing existing bridge platform
Reworking tread and creating drainage solutions
Removing felled trees
SCA Detroit's 2010 Conservation Leadership Corps, Photo Credits: Dan, JCI
SCA Detroit wants to congratulate the youth and the crew leaders that participated in this year’s Conservation Leadership Corps! The work they accomplished and the impact they’ve had on the community is truly something to uplift and admire.
Within their respective groups, they built two outdoor classrooms to study environmental justice, repurposed a vacant lot into an attractive pocket park, and restored natural habitats on Belle Isle by removing phragmites, honeysuckle, ragweed, thistle, purple loosestrife, and other invasive species of plants. They also cut a mile extension of the only existing mountain bike trail in Detroit at Rouge Park. Finally, they also designed and cut nearly 400 yards of recreational trail connecting the Brightmoor Farmway to Eliza Howell Park along the Rouge River.
Their work is even more amazing especially when you consider it was all done in 90 plus degree weather while being hounded by blood-thirsty mosquitoes. We are truly proud of their perseverance, leadership and attitude! Congratulations everyone!
SCA Detroit’s Conservation Leadership Corps is a summer employment program that prepares our youth for the Green Economy.
The first part of this goal is achieved by creating a work environment that nurtures the connection between our youth, their surrounding environment and each other. The first week of the CLC program is very critical in setting the stage for the rest of the summer. Our Corps members do this by participating in recreational activities, team-building games, leadership skill-building, and other job-readiness activities.
The second part of this goal is achieved by providing eco-literacy and valuable work-skills training in which the Corps members learn about plant and tree identification (native, non-native and invasive), proper body mechanics and safe tool use. All of which, help provide a positive and safe environment for the youth to work in. Many of our youth will be gainfully employed for the 1st time in their lives so exposing them to good work habits for them to build on is essential to their success in the future.
Connecting these two strategies is the heart of the CLC Program, the Green Job Readiness Curriculum. The mission of SCA’s GJRC is to empower and inspire youth to become conservation leaders in their community by encouraging critical thinking and active citizenship. The curriculum seeks to give youth a foundation of knowledge in local, regional and global environmental issues, introduce them to green career pathways and facilitate their development of pre-vocational skills needed to tap into those opportunities.
Say HELLO to SCA Detroit’s 2010 team of Conservation Leadership Corps members!
Morning announcements and welcome @ EGS Park w/Evan and Rebecca
Corps members anxiously awaiting their team assignments.
Putting together a crew contract
Work skills training @ Rouge Park
Team “Mud Work” intently listening to one of the work skills instructors
Tree I.D. with Sal from the Greening of Detroit
Learning about invasives w/Gary Crawford.
Learning tool safety and proper body mechanics w/Shane.