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The Inner City Youth Institute (ICYI) is an innovative mentoring program that enhances and extends basic natural resource education by incorporating robust and challenging methodologies to encourage participating youth to continue their education and attain careers in natural resources. At the same time, through service learning opportunities that improve quality of life within their communities, youth develop an appreciation and understanding of the environmental, social and economic benefits of natural resources.
ICYI serves underrepresented, underserved youth in grades 6-12 within the Portland Public School District and greater Metro Area. The primary audience is high school students who then provide peer to peer mentoring to younger children in grades 4-8.
Academic and career development is an integral part of the Inner City Youth Institute. ICYI staff and mentors help students discover the breadth and depth of opportunities in the natural resource fields.
ICYI strives to raise student awareness about the importance of higher education and assist students in reaching their educational goals. Whether students plan to enter a vocational program, community college or university, ICYI helps create pathways to success.
Career development is an important part of ICYI. ICYI strives to connect young people to job shadows, internships, temporary positions and full time employment with the US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Bureau of Land Management and Oregon State University.
- Increase participants’ awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environmental, social and economic benefits of natural resources with an emphasis on related academic and career opportunities.
- Reduce and help prevent youth unemployment by providing college preparation and career development opportunities including paid and volunteer job shadows and internships.
- Increase number of high school graduates entering natural resource degree programs at community colleges and universities.
- Reduce and help prevent juvenile delinquency through afterschool mentoring focused on natural resource education, service learning and civic engagement.
- Increase youth awareness, understanding, appreciation and participation in outdoor recreation opportunities.