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Tappin Roots (TR) is a newly launched 12-month environmental internship program for Black identified high school students in the Portland Metro region. Created and hosted by a collaborative group of community-based organizations including Camp ELSO, B.E.A.M. Village, The Blueprint Foundation and Friends of Tryon Creek. TR is a culturally specific community investment and restorative justice project. Using storytelling, mentorship and career exploration, place-based learning and healing practices, TR seeks to train and empower the next generation of environmental leaders and community leaders. Together, through Tappin Roots we hope to bring young Black Oregonians closer to nature, and closer to their history. Interns will receive a monthly stipend totally $4,000 for participation in the program.
Tappin Roots Internship is open for African American High school and College-age youth . Interns will participate in summer nature based education work with one of 4 partners. Includes a week long mandatory training retreat in the Portland Metro Area. Beginning September 2020- September 2021 Interns will participate in weekend career and environmental justice symposiums led by professionals of color. Learning opportunities include indigenous cultural knowledge and Oregon's Black history. They will practice using oral tradition and cultural knowledge to educate others about the natural world. 16 Interns will be selected.

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Got Questions? Check out our information session (video below), or contact us:

Contact Ericka Harrison, Administrator
Email:tappinroots@campelso.org

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