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Goals of Youth Employment in Parks:

1) Create meaningful “first job” experiences and career pathways for diverse youth to work in the outdoors and natural resources fields.

2) Expose youth to the outdoors and connect them with nature to support healthy lifestyles.

3) Provide youth with community action skills and character development so they may become effective citizens.

4) Build community through enhanced recreation opportunities, parks and public spaces.

Youth Employment in Parks aims to positively engage a new generation of diverse young leaders as conservation stewards of public lands and of the Anchorage community through meaningful job training, employment and education.

YEP is a 10 week summer program that hires Anchorage teens to complete park improvement projects. Teens learn natural resource management job skills by building trails and restoring stream banks while engaging in education increasing civic engagement, environmental awareness, and leadership skills.