A 12-week habitat restoration program in Nevada was designed for rural youth, based on transition into adulthood research. The program engaged youth, ages 18-21, disengaged from the social, economic, and educational structures, and with little ambitions to improve their lives. Researchers used 35 youth interviews to evaluate the program. Participants described environmental jobs as prestigious, and indicated that they have improved their work habits through this program and valued support from program staff.
SOURCE: Meier, A. L., Smith, M., & Usinger, J. (2010 Environmental project provides work experience for rural youth. Journal of extension, 48(3).