Tuesday, November 28, 2023

City of Newburgh Seeks Young Adults for Environmental Fellowship Program

For young adults ages 19 through 25 living in the City of Newburgh, this may be your chance to have fun, get paid, build your resume, help the community, and learn – all in one.

The City of Newburgh Conservation Advisory Council, Outdoor Promise, and the Greater Newburgh Parks Conservancy, are partnering again this year to bring back the Environmental Justice Fellowship program for 2022.

The 2022 Environmental Justice Fellows Program is an 8-month program providing educational and leadership opportunities for City of Newburgh youth interested in the environment and the benefits of street trees in urban areas. 

The program provides a paid opportunity for four Environmental Justice Fellows, ages 19 through 25, to hone community grassroots organizing skills, build a professional network and resume, deepen an understanding of environmental issues, and help plant life-sustaining trees in all four wards of the City of Newburgh. 

Outdoor Promise is a non-profit focused on supporting the next generation of outdoor leaders. Their mission is to encourage urban youth and families to appreciate the natural world and hone their leadership skills to have safe and fun adventures.

In 2015, a survey revealed nearly 4,000 empty tree pits in the City of Newburgh, which is only a 3.8 square mile area. The Newburgh Environmental Justice Fellows honed in on areas in each ward and gained help from young adults to begin planting trees throughout the City of Newburgh.

The deadline to apply is on April 4, 2022.  Applications can be submitted at:  https://www.outdoorpromise.org/environmental-justice-fellowship/

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