Environmental Project Provides Work Experience for Rural Youth
Bootstraps is a 12-week program designed for rural youth, ages 18-21, who are not working and not in school. The program goal is for participants to develop skills and motivation to find meaningful work, which is accomplished through a combination of classroom learning and practical fieldwork. The environmental fieldwork on public lands, funded by the Bureau of Land Management, provides the venue for these disenfranchised youth to change their attitudes and values about work. This article highlights the participants' developing self-awareness in light of program goals.
Meier, A. L., Smith, M., & Usinger, J. (2010). Environmental Project Provides Work Experience for Rural Youth. The Journal of Extension, 48(3), Article 11. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss3/11