Interns will work as Camp Guides for the Wayfinders Summer Program. The Wayfinders program is an immersive outdoor environmental education program for K-8th grade that aims to connect Brown and Black youth to nature. We accomplish this through experiential learning on excursions throughout the Pacific Northwest, and via exposure to different ways of knowing and frames of science - dominant culture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Wayfinders is also committed to empowering and inspiring a future generation of environmentalists and scientists of color by exposing them to professionals of color and their stories/journeys. ELSO recruits, trains and hire young adults of color as Camp Guides to facilitate hands on activities, environmental justice conversations, guide outdoor excursions, and develop their understanding of equity and inclusion in the environmental field. Some of the training's include leadership skills, engage in cultural and historical learning, as well as practicing group management.
Learn More: www.campelso.org
Tappin Roots interns will work as mentors for Middle School age youth who participate in the BSTRONG Rites of Passage Journey. BSTRONG Rites of Passage Journey is an eight (8) week summer program hosted at REED College. Offering interactive workshops, research projects, and cite explorations to assist Black students in their development to know thyself and community. Their journey will focus on positive identity development, financial literacy through the lens of economic stability in the Black community, leadership responsibilities as students participate in civic engagement opportunities that examine the impact of environmental and social justice acts imposed on indigenous Black and Brown citizens of Portland. BSTRONG's curriculum is designed to unearth and uplift past and present African-American contributors in Oregon that defy the perceptive of majority cultural norms. Strategic partners with local and national Black educational service providers help develop and deliver ever-widening holistic programming that contributes to the heightened expectations for Black students, encourages family and community immersion, raise positive consciousness that contrasts students’ current experiences in public and private school settings, and builds their larger world presence.
Learn more: www.beamvillage.org
Tappin Roots Interns will take part in the Field Ecology program. Intern will work with FOTC and several partners on a research andconservation project related to understory species. The goal of the project is to create resilient native plant communities, andprovide information and technical assistance. The interns will play an important role, working with conservationists andresearchers to conduct seed scouting and mapping of native understory herbaceous species at Tryon Creek and otherlocations, collect and document seeds, track pollinators, and install understory species trial plots. The interns will presentfindings to partners upon completion of the internship.
Learn more: www.tryonfriends.org
Interns will take part in the Grounding Waters program. Grounding Waters is a project-based mentoring program for environmental science and green building. This program uses hands-on training, multigenerational-mentoring, and civic engagement to inspire Black youth to pursue careers in the green sector. Our approach uses a 4-phase WISE model, where youth (a) Witness natural areas (b) Investigate environmental issues, (c) Solve, a community environmental issue, and (d) Educate, their community about environmental issues and environmental stewardship.
Learn More about Grounding Waters: www.theblueprintfoundation.org