Green Teams get fund­ing

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $634,600 in sup­port of the Con­ser­va­tion Corps of New­found­land and Labrador’s Green Team pro­gram.

The fund­ing will help es­tab­lish 23 Green Team projects and em­ploy some 100 young peo­ple through­out the prov­ince, said Darin King, Min­is­ter of Hu­man Re­sources, Labour and Em­ploy­ment and Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for Youth En­gage­ment.

“It is ex­cit­ing to sup­port projects that help youth de­velop their job skills as well as their en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness, and I con­grat­u­late the Con­ser­va­tion Corps for its achieve­ments with this pro­gram,” King stated in a news re­lease.

Con­ser­va­tion Corps New­found­land and Labrador is a not-for­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing youth aged 16-30 with train­ing and em­ploy­ment in en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural her­itage con­ser­va­tion. Projects un­der the Green Team pro­gram last ap­prox­i­mately eight weeks, and pro­vide youth op­por­tu­ni­ties to work on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, her­itage preser­va­tion, or im­prov­ing nat­u­ral and cul­tural re­sources.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has been a long­time sup­porter of the pro­gram, added En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion Min­is­ter Ross Wise­man.

“It is im­por­tant for young peo­ple to un­der­stand the value of pro­tect­ing and con­serv­ing our en­vi­ron­ment, and of sus­tain­abil­ity,” said Wise­man. “ The pro­gram em­pow­ers youth to be en­vi­ron­men­tal lead­ers in our prov­ince, and so I wish the par­tic­i­pants all the best as they take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity.”

The fund­ing help pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion in New­found­land and Labrador this sum­mer, and help the next gen­er­a­tion gain valu­able team­work and em­ploy­ment skills that will help build mean­ing­ful ca­reers, ex­plained Dar­ren Feltham, di­rec­tor of pro­grams for Con­ser­va­tion Corps.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Green Team projects, visit www.ccnl.ca.

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