May 25, 2018 | Austin Environmental Heroes Summer Program Announcement
We are super excited to announce a new and improved summer program in partnership with TreeFolks, Austin Environmental Heroes (AEH)! The AEH summer program will combine both Austin Youth River Watch’s and TreeFolks’ expertise to create green-collar jobs training in tree watering and maintenance along with environmental education in riparian restoration and water quality testing. Including tree watering and educational experiences about the connection between our forests and our water supply serves to both alleviate the stress on municipal tree plantings over the hot summer months and create an even more robust environmental service-learning experience for youth, amplifying their status as Austin’s young environmental heroes. Along with environmental field work, the Heroes will also experience weekly enrichment activities including camping, swimming, canoeing, tree climbing, educational modules, and field experiences with green-collar professionals.
The six-week program will run roughly mid-June through early August, and the summer stipend will be increased to $350 per student! The stipend not only provides an incentive (while especially enabling youth from underserved communities to participate), it also facilitates the financial responsibility and life-skills aspects of the youth development program.
The Austin Environmental Heroes program will be delivered in partnership with TreeFolks, with the support of the City of Austin‘s Urban Forest Grant Program and the Watershed Protection Department. See the flyer below or visit the AEH website for more details: https://www.treefolks.org/aeh/