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Lents Youth Initiative

September 15, 2015 

Earlier this year, the Bureau of Environmental ServicesCommunity Watershed Stewardship Program awarded a grant to the Lents Youth Initiative.

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program provides grants to engage volunteers in stormwater management and water restoration projects in their communities. Since 1995, CWSP has provided more than $1 million in grants for watershed projects, and helped organize more than 40,000 volunteers to work on local community projects.

The Lents Youth Initiative is a project led by local nonprofits ROSE CDC and OPAL Environmental Justice. The Initiative provides youth with leadership and skills training in community organizing and environmental and social justice.

The Initiative used the grant to hire two environmental stewardship interns. The interns applied their skills training to engage with neighbors and lead community watershed improvement projects. Together with neighborhood volunteers, they built a bioswale in Southeast Portland that manages stormwater runoff into Johnson Creek. Managing stormwater runoff is important because it leads to a healthier environment.

Great work, Lents Youth Initiative!

Check out the video! It highlights the hard work of all of the Lents Youth Initiative’s summer interns. Visit their website to learn more.