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Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawaii National Park, HI - This week, 52 students from East Hawaiʻi started spring internships with Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park's Youth Internship Program, part of the National Park Service's Youth Partnership Program.
One goal of the program is to train and hire 32 students to work part-time at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes this summer. Some will become park rangers, others will work as cultural and natural resources staff, or join the protection team. But the deeper purpose of the program is for the park to provide the opportunity for youth to acquire the values, competencies and skills needed to become successful, contributing adults. The Youth Internship Program (YIP) gives island youth a chance to learn about the precious natural and cultural resources that the park protects, and the numerous recreational opportunities the park offers. The students share their newly gained insight and appreciation with hundreds of thousands of park visitors during the busy summer months.