Skamania County Forest Youth Success was started in 2002. The program was a continuation of the Summer Success program that had been running since 1990. Summer Success focused on many of the same goals that Forest Youth Success focuses on today:
Forest Youth Success added two more goals when funding switched from Title III to Title II:
FYS has fostered partnerships over the years that provide participants with a variety of work experience and exposure to many land management agencies and organizations. By partnering with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the United States Forest Service, Underwood Conservation District, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and Washington Trails Association just to name a few, participants gain an understanding of what takes to maintain and preserve our natural resources, and see potential job opportunities that are available in those fields.
In the last 12 years of FYS over 300 Skamania County youth have been employed by FYS. Many have used the work experience they gained to find and maintain employment locally during their high school years. Several of them have gone on to earn degrees in natural resources management and are active in the field today. Others have gone on to colleges and universities around the country to pursue their field of interest. Those that have chosen to go directly into the work world have benefitted from this first work experience.
As the logo suggests, Forest Youth Success has left its mark on the land, the lives of participants, their families, and the community.
If you have any questions or you are interested in supporting or partnering with us don't hesitate to get in touch.
Forest Youth Success
PO Box 850
Stevenson, WA 98648
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Forest Youth Success has changed lives, provided employment opportunity where few exist, supported healthy choices, improved the environment, and fulfilled the goals of Title II funding in Skamania County for 10 years and counting.