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Register for the BYEN Urban Youth Park Stewardship On line Course

Who:  Coordinators, managers and directors of youth park stewardship programs
When:  Wednesdays, February 12, 19 and 26 and March 5 and 12; 5:30-7:00PM ET

Course Overview:  This course is for professionals involved in planning and implementing urban youth park stewardship programs from across the country. Each interactive session will dig into the essential elements of program design, infrastructure, planning, and implementation phases of this work. Case studies of existing programs will highlight challenges and barriers as well as best practices and strategies for their solutions. Strengthen your program and practice, engage in lively discussions with colleagues doing similar work, and access resources that can be used right away.

This course was developed collaboratively by the leadership of the Boston Youth Environmental Network (BYEN), participating organizations and Health Resources in Action’s B.E.S.T. Initiative and with support from Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab through EE Capacity.

Registration:  01/23/2014 – 02/10/2014 REGISTER HERE!

Through the support of EE Capacity the registration fees will be waived. City teams from a single or multiple organizations are welcome and encouraged to participate. At the completion of the course participants will receive a certificate from Cornell University.

Course Video Case Studies:  Interviews with adult and youth employees from Boston Natural Areas Network’s Youth Conservation Corps, Student Conservation Association (SCA), National Park Service’s Branching Out Program, and Groundwork Somerville’s Green Team will be used throughout the course as case studies.

For more information about the Urban Youth Park Stewardship Course, please contact Helen Christou at or click here.

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Dr. Luna Guest Speaker at January BYEN Dinner

GIS, Renewable Energy, and Career Pathways
January BYEN Youth Networking Dinner
January 8, 2014
Time:  4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location:  89 South Street, First Floor Community Room
Click Here For Directions
Complimentary dinner provided.

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Marcos Luna, Associate Professor of Geography, Salem State University

Dr. Luna teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as well as courses on energy and the environment, and environmental justice. He has published research on applications of GIS to the analysis of social and geographic inequalities in energy consumption in Massachusetts, as well as inequities in transportation policy in the Boston metro region. His recent book, The Environment since 1945 (facts on File, 2012), explores key environmental debates in the U.S. since World War II that helped to shape modern U.S. environmental policy.

He will talk about GIS and its applications to renewable energy analysis and planning, and the necessary skills and routes to professional careers in GIS and energy.

High school and college age individuals and groups are welcome to attend. Dinner and networking will take place from 4:30pm – 5:00pm. A presentation and Q & A session will follow until 6:00pm. Contact Helen Christou at or (781) 308-9530 to R.S.V.P. or with any questions.

This school year’s dinners are focused on clean energy career exploration and take place every second Wednesday of the month until June 2014. Stay updated at the BYEN-Offered Workshops and Events page.

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BYEN Youth Dinner this Wednesday

The monthly BYEN Youth Dinners are off to a great start with dynamic speakers and knowledgeable and engaged youth attendees. Career speakers for the next few months have been announced and include Dr. Marcos Luna of Salem State University and Paul Lyons, founder of Zapotec Energy. Next week, Arthur Natella from the MassCEC will join us for the December 2013 dinner. RSVP today! The details are below. Stay updated at the BYEN-Offered Workshops and Events page.

December BYEN Youth Networking Dinner
Date: December 11, 2013
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: 89 South Street, 1st Floor Community Room
Click Here For Directions
Dinner provided.

Guest Speaker: Arthur Natella, Project Coordinator at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)

Arthur works on workforce development initiatives at the MassCEC. He will talk about how he got where he is, the college internship program he coordinates, his industry insights, the of MassCEC and how it can be of help.

Individual young people and groups in high school and college are welcome to attend. Dinner and networking will take place from 4:30pm – 5:00pm and then Arthur Natella will present and answer questions until 6:00pm. Contact Helen Christou at or (781) 308-9530 to R.S.V.P.

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Paid Research Experience for Undergraduates

A Summer Research Experience at  Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest:   Investigating and Communicating Change in Ecosystems

Eight undergraduates will live and work at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for a 10-week program emphasizing both research and public outreach on topics concerning Northern Hardwood Forest ecosystems.

Research areas include:
• Animal ecology
• Biogeochemistry and Limnology
• Hydrology and soils
• Forest ecology

Research projects will be conducted under the supervision of research mentors active at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest/LTER site.
Outreach activities will focus on environmental policy, informal science education, and secondary education, through case-studies and weekly workshops led by scientists and professionals active in science outreach.

Dates: May 28 through August 6, 2014 (10 weeks)
Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or first semester seniors. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions.

Stipend: $5000 and free housing.

To apply: Click HERE.

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A Holiday Celebration with the Youth Workers’ Alliance

Monday, December 16th, 5pm – 8pm
at Vejigantes, 57 West Dedham Street, Boston, MA, 02118
Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of youth, youth workers and the YWA!
There will be raffles, refreshments and good cheer.

A $35 donation for tickets is appreciated.
For more information contact Maggie at (857) 237-0933 or

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IGNITE Change Scholarship: Submissions due Dec 20

Boston Glow is awarding scholarships to girls ages 13-19 who currently reside in Boston, Cambridge or Somerville. Contestants will be required to write an essay.

If you had $1000, what could you change for women and girls in your community? How would you do it?
Up to the challenge? Submit an essay (up to 1500 words) and a budget worksheet describing YOUR plan to IGNITE Change.

Deadline: Dec 20.

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First Generation Ethanol: Evolution, Potential and Constraints

Thursday, November 21, 2013
12:30-1:45 PM
(a light lunch will be served – no RSVP, first-come first-served)
Murrow Room
The Fletcher School
160 Packard Avenue, Medford

View the event flyer

Open to the public. Convened by the Sustainable Development Diplomacy and Governance Program of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher.

Dr. Moreira will present an update on ethanol and bioelectricity co-production in Brazil, followed by a discussion about its near-term potential to further mitigate climate change in the transportation sector through the synergistic use of ethanol and electricity in hybrid cars. Finally, he will show how ethanol derived efficiently from sugar fermentation can be used as a negative GHG emission fuel and as the starting point to promote Biomass Energy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) technologies. He has played a major role in the development of Brazil’s extensive biofuels program.

José Roberto Moreira is professor of Energy at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began his career as professor of Physics at the University of Sao Paulo in 1971. He was an energy expert at Princeton University from 1979-1980, and in 1987, he moved to the Institute of Energy and Environment at the University of Sao Paulo, where he launched a graduate program in Energy/Environment. Dr. Moreira joined the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1994 to 2011 and was one of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureates. He has also worked for several other United Nations Programs and is author of more than 200 books and papers on Nuclear Physics, Atomic Physics, Energy Conservation, Energy Planning and Environment. Outside of the University he was director of Companhia Energetica de São Paulo from 1983 – 1987, Secretary of Energy at the Ministry of Mines and Energy from 1985 – 1986, executive director of the Biomass Users Network from 1992 – 1997, and is presently director of NEGAWATT, a private engineering company.

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Webinar Invitation​: Disability Employment Initiative Youth Grantee Update

Register Now

Learn from the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grantees and others about how to improve services for youth with disabilities enrolled in WIA Youth Programs. This webinar will provide an overview of strategies that highlight partnerships, collaboration and service coordination across workforce and disability systems to meet the employment and training needs of youth with disabilities. Through the webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, chat with peers and learn about resources.


  • Randi Chafkin, Manpower Analyst, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Rhonda Basha, Policy Advisor Team Lead, Youth Policy, Office of Disability Employment Policy
  • DJ Ralston, Training &Technical Assistant Manager, National Disability Institute-Disability Employment Initiative Technical Assistance Team
  • Kendra Ringstmeyer, State Project Coordinator, South Dakota (SD) Disability Employment Initiative, SD Department of Labor and Regulation
  • Jill Foster, Employment Specialist, South Dakota (SD) Disability Employment Initiative, SD Department of Labor and Regulation

Moderator: Adrienne Bailey, Workforce Program Specialist, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Date: November 19, 2013
Time: 2:00pm Eastern (1:00pm/Central, 12:00pm/Mountain, 11:00am/Pacific)
Length: 60 minutes

Registration for this Webinar is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register today!
Register Now

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Groundwork Lawrence on WBZ Channel 4

Groundwork Lawrence was recently featured in a news piece about their work. The Green Team, made up of young people is included. Check it out at the link below.

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Online Learning from the Center for Youth Development

The University of Minnesota Extension invites you to register for online learning!

Youth Work Matters Online

The Youth Work Matters Online course takes an in-depth exploration into the foundational research and theories of positive youth development. It allows participants to interact with other youth development professionals from around the state, region and nation! Activities include synchronized group time and individual exploration.
Introductory week: Jan. 13 – 19
Course content: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Live webinars (9:30-11 a.m. CST): Jan. 22 & 29, Feb. 5
$100 (Participants who complete the entire course may receive 2.0 (20 hours) of Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for an additional $10).


Leadership Matters Online

This online class takes an in-depth exploration into the key issues in supervision and leadership of youth work organizations. Online activities include both synchronized group time and individual self-paced learning.
Introductory week: Feb. 24 – Mar. 2
Course content: Mar. 3 – 21
Live webinars: Mar. 4, 11, 18


Dilemmas in Youth Work Online

Youth workers face challenging situations that require them to address multiple, often competing considerations in their daily work with young people. In this foundational online class, dig into the sticky challenges and issues of youth work and examine various ways to respond to real-life dilemmas of everyday practice.
Introductory week: Apr. 14 – 20
Course content: Apr. 21 – May 14
Live webinars: (TBA)
$100 (Participants who complete the entire course may receive 1.5 (15 hours) Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for an additional $10).


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