SCIP and A Call to Action:
#33 Home Grown:
The Massachusetts Student Career Intake Program is an innovative collaborative pilot program that provides a structured progression of career training for local youth from urban and minority communities with the goal of permanent employment in the NPS. Now in the fourth year of the four year pilot there are thirteen students hosted by seven Massachusetts parks employed in interpretation, administration, natural resources and facility management.
#35 Welcome Aboard:
SCIP interns work with a mentor at their host park site. Interns receive comprehensive immersion experiences engaging with professionals at multiple parks to investigate how permanent and seasonal employees, interns and VIPs working in the over 20 career fields support the National Park Service mission.
#36 Value Diversity:
SCIP interns work with a mentor at their host park site. Host park staff participate in cultural competence training from the training professional group Health Resources in Action as part of the BEST initiative.
#2 Step By Step:
SCIP interns are recruited by host parks through their experiences with youth programs. In 2012 SCIP interns represent a collective pre-SCIP National Parks Service experience of 40 years. This includes volunteering, working as members of Youth Conservation Corps teams, working with partners through high school and college activities and as seasonal employees.
#18 Ticket to Ride:
SCIP interns traveled to 14 national park and partner sites and met with over 75 permanent and seasonal NPS employees, partners, VIPs and interns representing careers in Law Enforcement, Administration, Management, Interpretation, Education, Maintenance, Traditional Arts, Natural Resources and Cultural Resources.
Youth Journey on the High Seas: Friendship Sails! NYC
Make the outdoors relevant to today's young people:make it inviting, exciting, and fun. Ensure that all young people have access to outdoor places.Empower and enable youth to work and volunteer in the outdoors.Build upon a base of environmental and outdoor education, both formal and informal.
(A Youth Agenda for America's Great Outdoors, 2011.)
The journey on the Friendship of Salem, a replica 1796 sailing East Indiaman ship united 40 diverse youth from Youth Intern Programs in urban areas of MA, NY (GATE) and MD (FOMC) to engage in stewardship and leadership development activities to learn from each other in an effort to empower and enable them to work and volunteer in the outdoors.These youth hosted 45 youth from Youth Conservation Corps program and 60 youth from NYC area school programs in MA and NYC to experience the great outdoors in NYC through activities including a once in a lifetime sailing journey on the Friendship, through a summit geared towards experiencing the outdoors in NYC through sailing, leadership exercises and camping.
SCIP students hosted a youth summit as a celebration and gathering of 150 members and team leaders of youth environmental programs from throughout New England whom they had met throughout the summer.Dressed in their NPS uniforms SCIP members served as masters of ceremonies. They had several opportunities to share their experiences with the attendees interested in learning more about the intake program.