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Climate Corps Leadership Institute (CCLI) adds 60 new trees to Watsonville's Community Urban Forest



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In July we launched the new Climate Corps Leadership Institute (CCLI). For three weeks we worked with twelve PVUSD highschool students to teach them about meaningful local actions they can do to address global climate change. Two days of the week the students were required to do distance learning work to expand their knowledge about trees, climate change, habitat restoration, green careers, and leadership. The other two days of the week they worked with our staff to plant 60 new trees at the Pajaro Valley Highschool Campus and help with wetland restoration. The students received valuable job training, academic experience, and earned a financial stipend to help support themselves and their families.

We are happy to announce that most of the students will be coming back later this fall to be part of the second cohort of the program. CCLI’s design is the result of our years of  experience providing green jobs training programs and supports our 2020 strategic initiative on Wetlands Actions for Climate Transformation (ACT).   

We are grateful to the many organizations and foundations that are made this program possible, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, the Rodgers-Repass Family Foundation, the West Marine Blue Future Fund, and California Releaf and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. 

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