Interested in environmental science? This program might be for you if you are between the ages of 14 to 17. The application for the 2019-20 Wilmington Youth Environmental Corps (WYEC) is now open. This is a FREE nine-session program for Wilmington residents that provides hands-on outdoor activities, career exploration, exposure to environmental issues, and mentoring. The program is being offered in partnership with the Delaware Nature Society.
Two semesters will be offered, one in the fall and the other in the spring. Each semester will have different students. Participants will complete six after-school sessions, one community service project and one field trip. The students will also earn a $500 stipend.
“The Wilmington Youth Environmental Corps has been offered during the summer as part of Wilmington’s Youth Career Development Program, and we are very excited to have these additional opportunities for our young people,” said Mayor Purzycki. “The WYEC enables young people to explore the outdoors and learn about the natural world as well crucial environmental issues that affect all of our lives directly,” the Mayor said. “In addition to being mentored and learning about environmental career opportunities, the teen participants will be making a positive difference in the community. Kevin and I urge young people to sign up today.”
The Wilmington Youth Environmental Corps Fall semester begins Thursday, October 24, and will conclude with a closing ceremony on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
Applications for the Wilmington Youth Environmental Corps can be obtained at the center as well as the DuPont Environmental Education Center at 1400 Delmarva Lane. The application deadline is Thursday, October 10, 2019. There is no cost to be part of the Youth Environmental Corps, but space is limited to 13 participants who will be interviewed as part of the selection process.