Speaker Bio
Jordan Stone is the Program Manager for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) in Albuquerque. Jordan has been leading and managing conservation and education youth programs for over 10 years. Before joining RMYC in 2016, Jordan was the Assistant Director at Cottonwood Gulch, a New Mexico-based wilderness education organization, and before that he led programs at an urban farm in Wisconsin. Jordan holds a master’s degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of New Mexico, where his research focused on the community impacts of restoration projects in New Mexico.

Abstract

Land managers and conservationists frequently face limited resources to complete high-priority projects; they also frequently encounter a workforce that is dwindling, aging, poorly trained, or simply too small. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps aims to address these challenges by engaging and inspiring the next generation of conservationists. RMYC's program employs local youth, ages 17-25, who work in crews to complete high-priority conservation projects on public lands. By partnering with local government and non-governmental agencies and organizations, RMYC can leverage expertise and funding sources that increases the capacity of land managers, while simultaneously training youth in technical and life skills. Jordan will provide an overview of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' program and mission. Youth Crew members, Rachel Hendrix. Dakota Dominguez and Charisa Bell will then describe three current projects--McEwen Pond Restoration, Cedro Creek Hydrological Restoration, and Urban Tree Canopy Improvements--and the impact of this work on their lives and potential career paths.


 


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