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YouthWORKS receives $51,000 grant in Cotati

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 | Posted by | no responses

YouthWORKS, a division of The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship headquartered in Windsor, was the recipient of a $51,000 grant in Cotati this week. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 youth chosen to oversee a $5 million grant initiative that funded 10 service-learning projects in California, presented the check Monday.

“We’re very happy to be able to provide funds to help them with their project,” says Lonny Haskins, community relations specialist for State Farm.

YouthWORKS grant recipients receive check from State Farm Youth Advisory Board in the amount of $51,000. (photo courtesy of YouthWORKS)

Young people, many off from school in honor of Veteran’s Day, worked on creek restoration at the Laguna de Santa Rosa–one of many countywide project sites of the YouthWORKS Environmental Stewardship Corps service-learning program. Thus far, they have worked in conjunction with the Sonoma County Water Agency to install more than 4,000 native plants and remove non-beneficial growth in order to restore habitat for endangered steelhead at the site.

Corps members meet on a bi-monthly basis to study environmental issues such as water quality, pollution, conservation and habitat. Hands-on projects accompany their education as they complete projects throughout the county’s watersheds.

“They were thrilled to receive an award for their hard work and their commitment to the environment,” says Anya Perron-Burdick, stewardship manager for The Center.

The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship is Sonoma County’s largest multi-service social and environmental service agency, with offices in Windsor, Santa Rosa and Cloverdale. YouthWORKS offers skill development for youth and young adults, ages 14-24. For more info. go to cfses.org or call 838-6641. 

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a unique professional student board made up of youth ages 17-20. Visit sfyab.com to learn more.

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Nick Walden is our Cotati and Penngrove correspondent.
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