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Partnership earns federal grant to expand youth programs

Published: Wednesday, June 6 2012 11:49 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The city has announced that the Utah Conservation Corps, U.S. Forest Service and Wasatch Water Legacy Partnership have been awarded $95,000 in funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to increase youth participation in UCC’s Bilingual Youth Corps program.

This grant will fund four separate five-week sessions in Salt Lake City, this summer and next, where members are anticipated to complete maintenance of 50 miles of urban open space trails and habitat restoration on 135 acres of public land. Each session will give six youths a variety of job training and hands-on conservation experiences. All program literature will be available in Spanish and English and all youth corps leadership members will be bilingual in an effort to help lift the language barrier.    

The work will focus on trail maintenance and river habitat restoration projects in Salt Lake City and on the Salt Lake District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Priority projects and activities for the UCC Bilingual Youth Corps in this area will be on-the-ground restoration and conservation work along the Jordan River and its tributaries managed by Salt Lake City’s Parks and Public Lands Division.    

The UCC is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to developing conservation leaders through service and education.    

Youths interested in participating in the Utah Conservation Corps Bilingual Youth Corps can sign up at www.usu.edu/ucc/ or call 435-797-0964 for more information. The application deadline for session two is July 9 (session two runs July 16-Aug. 17.)

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