Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps (MCLC)
With a private, public, and not-for-profit partnership between Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI), Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB), and the Student Conservation Association (SCA), SCA fielded its first community conservation program in Milwaukee in 2006. Since then, thousands of Milwaukee City youth have participated in both Summer and School-Year green job/land stewardship programs. Thanks to the generosity of JCI, the program’s primary funder, and Milwaukee County Parks System, SCA continues to provide valuable conservation opportunities and work experience to Milwaukee’s youth ages 15-19.
The Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps (MCLC) provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (typically running October through May) and summer programs (running July through August). The MCLC offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs occur on weekends, while paid service programs run Monday-Friday in the summertime, but require evening and weekend participation during the school year. Members serve mainly in Milwaukee County Parks and area nature centers, but have also worked in aquaponics and on beaches. Participants learn a plethora of green job skills such as trail building and maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, and container gardening. The program maintains a holistic approach by including soft skills training in areas such as conﬂict resolution, healthy eating, and outdoor recreation with more concrete workshops on leadership skills, college preparation, and financial literacy.
Participants who complete the program will have experience working within a diverse team, learning effective ways to communicate, address, and prevent conﬂict; they will gain knowledge of public land resources, environmental issues, and how to address them with lifestyle changes; they will get basic career preparedness training, including budgeting and saving; and they will develop an increased understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques. Participants also develop an understanding and appreciation for volunteerism and community service along with outdoor recreation.
- CPR Certification
- Resume Building
- Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
- Financial Literacy
- Habitat Restoration
- Trail Skills
- Conﬂict Resolution
- Water Quality Testing
- Container Gardening
Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or in high school and no older than 19 years of age at time of application. Other requirements vary by position.
To contact SCA’s Community Program in Milwaukee, email SCAMilwaukee@theSCA.org.
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