National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC) – 13th annual, national “New Mexico Minority Youth Environmental Training Institute – July 25—Aug 3, 2014, in New Mexico

The National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC) is accepting applications from students from across the country and Puerto Rico to attend our 13th annual, national “New Mexico Minority Youth Environmental Training Institute”, to be held July 25—Aug 3, 2014, at national forests, national parks, and other environment sites in northern New Mexico.  This is one of 3 such Institutes NHEC runs (others in CA and NYC) each summer as we work to build the next generation of Latino enviro leaders, professionals and scientists.  Interested students should apply promptly for this unique opportunity.

The NM Institute is an intensive, residential, science-based, 10 day long environmental education and environment career program for top students, aged 17-20 (typically high school seniors and freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in college) competitively selected from across the U.S.  The Institute is held and students housed/fed at the Glorieta Conference Center, in Glorieta, NM, 15 miles north of Santa Fe.

Through a full scholarship, NHEC will cover ALL costs for selected students, including airfare; housing; meals, science equipment; and more.   Utilizing an Environmental STEM curriculum students will explore a wide range of environmental/natural resource issues, as well as conduct field studies (air, soil, water testing, biological assessments, birding, and more) using professional-grade environmental science equipment, taught by NHEC’s experienced instructors.

Also participating are volunteer role models — environmental professionals, many minority, from every discipline but especially the sciences — coming to engage and inspire students to pursue an environmental or conservation career.

The major sponsors for the NM Institute are the U.S. Forest Service; the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and the U.S. EPA.  Students will also learn about federal internships and youth jobs with these agencies and others.  Our federal sponsors are actively recruiting top students of color to work for them in 2014 and next year too.  So if you are passionate about the environment, enjoy science, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, AND seek a job in the environment field, this program is for you.     

1. there is no deadline per se; NHEC reviews applications and selects students on a rolling basis as received, until all slots are filled.  Thus students are strongly urged to apply asap; and,

2. as this is a federally funded program, eligibility is limited to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Legal Residents.

We also ask that you forward this email on to those you think may be interested in this exciting program, including qualified students, educators, high schools, colleges, youth/enviro organizations, and more.  We appreciate your help.

Please contact NHEC, especially our Programs Coordinator, Juan Rodriguez, at  jrodriguez@nheec1.org  or rrivera@nheec1.org  if you have further questions.  Or call NHEC at 703-683-3956.   You can also download the materials and learn more about NHEC/our Institutes thru our website at  www.nheec1.org