Joined by Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett and several hundred schoolchildren on the National Mall, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today signed a Secretarial Order establishing an Office of Youth in Natural Resources at the Department of the Interior.
“President Obama and I believe that during tough economic times, a new national youth program is needed to provide jobs, outdoor experiences and career opportunities for young people –especially women, minorities, tribal and other underserved youth,” Salazar said.
Jarrett, who chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls, joined the Secretary to emphasize the President’s commitment to the Department of the Interior's new youth program. “This program will be a great boost to the Administration’s efforts to provide jobs and opportunities for young men and women. Providing career paths in natural resources will be particularly helpful to women, who are under-represented in the sciences. That is exactly the reason that President Obama created the White House Council on Women and Girls—he wanted all government agencies to help give young women the opportunities that their mothers and grandmothers could not even envision.”
The Office of Youth in Natural Resources will coordinate present and future youth initiatives, the signature program of which will be a 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps. The corps will be modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps that provided 3 million men with jobs in the 1930s. By comparison, the 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps will include women as well as men and strive…