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.