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Intern Crew Dives Into Work With Sonoma Water
This summer, CCNB has launched our sixth cohort of interns in partnership with the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC). This program creates work and learning opportunities for several crews throughout the summer; partner agencies provide work experience, implement the education enhancements, and provide project logistics.

While our crews have worked with a variety of public agencies over the last few years, a number of county departments including Sonoma Water also provide internship opportunities to support corpsmembers in career exploration. Their staff is an incredible group of people for our corpsmembers to learn from, and the program allows corpsmembers to see what a day on the job is like.

One of our other cohorts is working with the Sonoma County Department of Public Works and Transportation this summer, a partner that even provides trainings for certificated skills for our young people.

Partners like these provide funds to support the implementation of SCYEC hands-on job training and often extend internships past the original six-month term to allow for our corpsmembers to see a project all the way from start to completion. With the skills they have learned in the SCYEC program, participating corpsmembers have moved on to earn living-wage jobs with Sonoma Water, Sonoma County Regional Parks, and other county agencies.

Corpsmember Highlight: Jazmin C.

Jazmin has been with CCNB since November 2017. In the wake of the devastating wildfires, CCNB joined many other organizations to serve the community and begin the process of healing our community. One of Jazmin’s favorite projects was also one of her first: a Natural Resources Crew worked in Glen Ellen spreading seeds on the burned land. She vividly recalls the sights of damage, including charred manzanitas and other woody plants; as our crews do fire fuel prevention, it is easy to understand why clearing woody material like manzanita is so important.

Jazmin has taken on various leadership roles at CCNB as she has grown. Not only is she an Assistant Crew Leader, but she was also one of the corpsmembers who advocated for a youth council within CCNB to elevate the voices of corpsmembers. As a liaison, she can share ideas and feedback while representing her peers. This work is a natural fit for Jazmin; her second job is as a Youth Advocate for one of our partner organizations, Social Advocates for Youth. This service-focused work has piqued her interest in a variety of careers and social issues.

Jazmin has been especially appreciative of Career Pathways staff for both the concrete help with things like creating a resume and ongoing workshops on social justice issues like LGBTQ rights in the workplace, the racialized nature of police violence, and the prevalence of sex trafficking in Northern California. As Jazmin grows as a corpsmember and leader, she hopes to become a staff member to improve the lives of future corpsmembers.

 
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