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An Enriching Enrichment Day for the Volunteer Science Corps

July 25, 2007

On Wednesday July 25, 2007, SUNY-ESF hosted about 150 youth for Enrichment Day.

At this event, youth ages 15 and older who participate in Central New York Works’ summer employment programs gathered together with others from different areas of the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County to explore such issues as conflict resolution, life skills, job retention, and cultural awareness.

The CNY Works’ participants were treated to a special day at ESF that included campus tours, visits to the Illick greenhouses & Roosevelt Wildlife Collection, and making liquid nitrogen with the Chemistry department out on the quad. Volunteer Science Corps guided the youth through ESF’s campus and provided valuable advice to students interested in environmental education or careers.

In addition, summer participants in the ESF SCIENCE program – Stewards of Syracuse (S.O.S.) also attended this Enrichment Day. S.O.S. is a partnership project between ESF Outreach, Central New York Works, and the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs. SOS provides opportunities for 25 at-risk youth (14-16 year olds) from the Syracuse area to participate in hands-on, environmental stewardship programs that are designed to enhance the participant’s awareness and appreciation of natural resources.

In addition to the S.O.S. educational staff from the Science Corps, ESF graduate students Megan Brady, Neil Patterson, Jr., Nicole Werner, Yazmin Rivera and Lindsay Cray, Dr. Chris Nomura, Dr. Rick Beal, and Ron Giegrich contributed to the success of this event.

To learn more about Enrichment Days and other CNY Works youth programs, check out their website at - http://www.cnyworks.com/youth/