At the core of this project we aim to provide jobs for young adults who have little access to environmental jobs and help to reduce stormwater loads coming from regional roads, rooftops, and parking areas. More deeply, it will help to engage the urban African American community in environmental activities, a community that is mostly under served by our current network of partners. It will also provide a pipeline of trained and enthusiastic young African Americans ready to accept jobs with mainstream Chesapeake Bay environmental groups and institutions working to protect our environment.
The Anne Arundel County READY program was piloted in 2015 and hired 15 young adults to remove invasive plants and install 4 BayScape gardens and 1 rain garden.
The Lancaster County READY program is currently being piloted in Pennsylvania and hired four young adults and rehabilitated adults to support organizations in maintenance work in Lancaster County.