SCA fielded its first community conservation program in Detroit in 2008, partnering with Greening of Detroit and Johnson Controls, Inc. Since that first year, hundreds of youth from Detroit have participated in SCA programs.
The SCA Detroit Community Program provides robust summer youth employment programming and offers regular volunteer stewardship opportunities throughout the academic year. Year-round conservation opportunities are divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running October through May) and summer programs (running July through August). The Detroit Conservation Leadership Corps (DCLC) program and the Southeast Michigan Summer Conservation Corps (SEMSCC) run Monday through Friday, including weekly Environmental Education (EE) Days. Through the four and a half weeks of the program, the SEMSCC crew spends four full days working on conservation projects with each of the partner land conservancies – Legacy Land Conservancy, Six Rivers Land Conservancy, Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy, and The Nature Conservancy.
Throughout both programs, crews work collaboratively with community partners and land conservancies on a variety of conservation sites throughout the city and region. All of the work is contextualized within the Student Conservation Core Curriculum which highlights Job Readiness, Green Career Pathways, and Eco-Literacy.
During the program, participants learn how to work as members of a diverse team of peers; gain knowledge of public land resources, environmental justice issues, and career readiness skills; increase understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques; acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation; and develop valuable professional skills through teambuilding and leadership activities. Crew members in the DCLC and SEMSCC programs and Crew Leader Apprentices earn an hourly wage.
- CPR Certification
- Resume Building
- Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
- Financial Literacy
- Habitat Restoration
- Trail Skills
Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or in high school. Other requirements vary by position.
To contact SCA’s Community Program in Detroit, email SCADetroit@theSCA.org.
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