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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 $2,000 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. Please apply now for Tappin Roots paid Internship.

Virtual Family Info Sessions:
Info sessions are designed for teachers, mentors, parents, guardians and high school students to learn more about the program and connect with representatives from our four (4) organizational partners. Details will be shared about each specific summer internship site. Info sessions are hosted on Zoom Video. You can join the info session from either a cell phone or computer with the instructions below.

Upcoming Info Sessions:

Dates coming soon

How to Join:
On the date and time of the Info Session please click on the link "Join Meeting Now" below, in order to be automatically joined into the the Zoom call. You can also go to and click "join meeting" you will be prompted to enter the meeting ID: .

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Contact Ericka Harrison, Administrator

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