High school students in the Bronx will be learning a thing or two about protecting our water this summer thanks to an $82,000 grant recently awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of the grant is to encourage learning opportunities around water quality and wastewater treatment while laying the foundation for New York City students to prepare for careers in environmental fields.
“The EPA encourages young people to learn more about their local environment and get involved in projects to protect it,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “This grant will give participating students the tools to work in the environmental field.”
The New York City “Youth in the Environment” initiative – a program sponsored by the EPA – will place high school students in a mentored summer work program with New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection. Students will get the opportunity to work hands-on in the DEP’s wastewater division. They’ll be be trained in health and safety, and will also be exposed to educational and career opportunities in environmental fields.
The initiative will provide students with the workforce skills needed in the fields of water and wastewater treatment, while also reinforcing interests and skill-building in math, science, technology and teamwork. Additionally, the grant will provide support for six college students in the area to serve as mentors for the program’s high school students.