The goal of the program is to increase awareness of land stewardship principals, promote civil engagement in today’s youth and inspire students to obtain careers that support land stewardship.
The principals of land stewardship can be applied in both urban and rural settings while students from diverse backgrounds can learn from and inspire one another to think critically about how we care for the land.
- Two groups of 15 students will be selected from Laredo and San Antonio
- Applicants will be selected by a committee of Witte and East representatives
- Students will receive a college-style syllabus and have assignments to prepare for each session’s 2-hour seminar to be held on Sunday afternoons
- East Foundation staff will facilitate the Laredo program and Witte Museum staff will facilitate the San Antonio program
- Students must participate in 7 out of the 8 initial sessions, the last two sessions, complete all assignments to qualify for a $400 stipend
- Outside experts will be invited as guest speakers
- Careers associated with each week’s topic will be explored
- At the end of the semester-long program, students will be required to give a public presentation about a topic related to land stewardship