When we first started we were trying to brain storm ideas in which our project would serve where there is a need. We knew that this was not going to be a simple task, but our end result would be worth it. We decided that there was a need with youth and environment. We knew that there was nothing out there available like this. There is such an emphasis in school on reading and writing and we felt there was a need to connect youth students with environmental science. Many students that come from a low income diverse background do not always receive the same educational means as others. We wanted to expose more students to opportunities that will only increase their levels of knowledge, skills and exploration.
Moving forward we wanted to present awareness to our youth that there are organizations out there that provide not only a learning experience with our environment but that there are organizations in which have opportunities such as internships, unpaid positions as well as paid positions. We focused on paid positions. We felt that this could be best communicated through a webpage. The purpose of our project was to create a webpage that provides support to Portland area schools as well as a connection with these organizations that create these opportunity. There is a need to our youth to be able to provide this resource as many are in poverty areas and do not get opportunities as other youth. These are free and available to our youth. As we started researching information we became aware of many organizations that are out there. As we placed the site together we wanted to make it easy for organizations as well as schools to use in order to get the most out of this tool. In order to do this we made it user friendly for organizations to contact schools as well as schools or even students to be able to reach out to these organizations. When reaching out to schools, as well as programs there was excitement as this is something that is in need that will only better serve our community.
There needs to be awareness that these organizations exist, and more youth need to know about opportunities they have available. We hope that this webpage will do just that. Please share with others about this great tool available! Click www.pdxgreenjobs.wordpress.com to visit the site.