Austin Environmental Leaders is a new initiative from Austin Youth River Watch designed to broaden our impact past High School graduation. Our AEL program provides career readiness-skills to young adults aged 18-24 in central Texas through intensive mentorship, on-the-job training, and environmental restoration. 

Our interns demonstrate a passion for:

  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Community Service
  • Project-Based Learning

Over the course of a semester, interns commit to 16 hours of service per month and receive an hourly stipend for their efforts. As a result, our interns are better prepared to enter the workforce and create positive outcomes for themselves. 

 

Interested in joining our program? Fill out the form below!

Austin Environmental Leaders Application

Meet Our Fall 2021 Interns!

Andrea

AEL Intern

I am currently a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, where I am pursuing a major in Urban Studies and a minor in Architectural History. As an aspiring Latina architect, it is my personal goal to approach the field with a holistic perspective and a conscientious philosophy that allows me to take social, economic, and environmental impacts into consideration and that will, as a result, produce equitable and beneficial outcomes for communities, cities, and the environment. To achieve this, I am deeply interested in learning more about other fields, such as sustainability, preservation, economics, social justice, government, among others, and their relationship to architecture.

Austin

AEL Intern

I am currently a senior at St. Edward's University where I am pursuing a degree in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Biology. From a young age, I’ve always had an immense interest in the natural environment. That led me on a path of becoming involved in protecting it. I am deeply interested in environmental law, marine restoration, and environmental policy. I hope to utilize all of the knowledge and experience from my environmental science degree to contribute toward protecting our world’s natural ecosystems, and ensuring a future where all individuals have equal access to a pristine environment.

Aimee

AEL Intern

Aimee is currently majoring in Education at Austin Community College, with the intention to double major in Psychology next fall. She is passionate about youth’s mental health and wellness, and reforming the education system. Through combining both majors, she hopes to have a better understanding of how to teach students through a lens of social and emotional learning. Being a former River Watcher, Aimee’s love for the environment grew. She is passionate about environmental advocacy, especially when regarding issues surrounding climate change. She hopes to change the world some day!

Jose

AEL Intern

I am a current student at Austin Community College with thoughts of transferring to Texas State University. I am pursuing a major in criminal justice. I want to help my community with any problem, big or small. Helping people is one of my top 5 values. I was in cross-country and track in high school, and love to work outdoors when given the opportunity. I enjoy planting things and watching them grow. Watching the process of plant growth is rewarding and wonderful to observe.

River Watch is a place where I am always loved and accepted. They are my family and I have no idea where I'd be without it.

UlisesEast Side Memorial High School, 2013

When I found River Watch it reminded me of the saying, "home is where the heart is". With River Watch I am accepted, fun is never rejected and I am at home. Now my smile is 10 times wider and I couldn't be more happy.

NathanielEastside Memorial High School, 2013

It was amazing to get out and make a positive contribution to the environment while still having fun.

AraceliTravis High School, 2019

I love how this program makes people aware of the actions we as people make. It’s good to help out the environment because not many people do so.

OdalisTravis High School, 2019

It is difficult to describe in words the importance of River Watch in my life. Most importantly, perhaps, has been a broadening of my horizons. I've come to appreciate the dirt beneath my feet and the water that cuts through the landscape.

MakaylaCrockett High School, 2014

I love how this program makes people aware of the actions we as people make. It’s good to help out the environment because not many people do so.

OdalisTravis High School, 2019

I love how this program makes people aware of the actions we as people make. It’s good to help out the environment because not many people do so.

OdalisTravis High School, 2019