Provide sponsorship for Earth Conservation Corps youth to lead raptor education programs for local school children as well as fund construction of new aviaries for two non-releasable Bald Eagles.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Earth Conservation Corps links the effort to restore the Anacostia River with the engagement of our urban youth in environmental education, job training, and hands on service. Both, are in a daily fight to reclaim themselves - whether from discarded trash and raw sewage or from the impact of living in high-poverty and dangerous urban neighborhoods. Young people who come to the ECC often "find themselves" through their service to the Anacostia River and the people who live in it's watershed.
How will this project solve this problem?
Using our unique youth-led model, schools and community groups are engaged in Anacostia river restoration and education programs using birds of prey. Corps members participate as leaders and learn priceless transferable skills such as public speaking.
Potential Long Term Impact
The schools engage with the river, creating a connection with nature, sparking an interest in science and conservation. The Corps members learn the tools needed to succeed to become work/school ready.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.