Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.
In 2008 SCA ﬁelded the Boston Community program, partnering with the Franklin Park Coalition and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. In 2009 we continue to expand our footprint into Boston Parks by partnering with the Boston Parks Urban Wild division and since then hundreds of urban youth have participated in several SCA programs. Thanks to the City of Boston, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and numerous community groups, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to Boston area youth each year.
The SCA Boston Community Program provides year-round volunteer and paid service conservation opportunities, which fall under several program categories: volunteer events and community service, school year programs, summer programming, and in-school programming.
Volunteer Events and Community Service (throughout the calendar year)
Volunteer events occur on weekends and holidays. Community service opportunities are available by request to the program manager.
School-Year Programs (January to April): The Boston Outreach Youth Ambassadors School-year programs engage youth in environmental education through stewardship, recreational awareness, job readiness, and youth development. Our model is to “Teach, Reach, Instill, Inspire, Instruct” through hands-on activities. Youth work for 10 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm, and on Saturdays from 9-3pm, with the occasional Wednesday evening. The Outreach Youth Ambassadors are responsible for creating and implementing environmental education activities for youth (ages 6-13) and members of the community. Ambassadors will also be required to plan and host two community events and complete various stewardship projects on public lands in the Boston area.
Summer Programs (July to August)
The Boston Summer Conservation Program is a 6-week summer program where youth complete various projects which include invasive plant species removal, trail building projects, and planting in Boston area green spaces. Members also participate in educaiton and training activities.
In-School and After-School Programs (availability to be determined with each partnership)
SCA Boston staff partner with a school or community center for 8-10 weeks. SCA staff work with site partners to develop lesson plans, leading interactive science-based activities and outdoor activities incorporating the Foss science kits theme.
Trainings Often Offered:
- Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
- Public Speaking
- Financial Literacy
- Habitat Restoration
- Trail Skills
Applicants must be residents of the City of Boston, attend a Boston public school, and be at least 15 years of age. Other requirements may vary by position or program.
To contact SCA’s Community Program in Boston, email SCABoston@theSCA.org.