Mentorship program for eco-conscious students

COAST CITIES — Are you a motivated high school student with a passion for our environment? If you want to take that passion and put it into action, San Diego Coastkeeper wants you. Coastkeeper’s Community Advisory Council is looking for a few youth environmentalists to apply for Coastkeeper LEAP, its newly devised mentorship program.Coastkeeper LEAP will pull together a small group of high school students to participate in a five-month education and mentorship program. Selected students will attend monthly field trips and workshops highlighting environmental concerns, initiatives and careers in San Diego. Paired with one or more members of Coastkeeper’s Community Advisory Council, students will develop a project focused on the environmental issue of their choice and present it at the conclusion of the program during a celebratory event.Selected students will meet May 11 for a kick-off event with San Diego Coastkeeper staff and its Community Advisory Council members. Students will get paired with mentors for the duration of the program to guide the development of their independent projects on the topic of their choice. Coastkeeper LEAP will meet as a group on the second Saturday of each month from May through October for educational, volunteer and hands-on experiences in the environmental field.

The final meeting on Oct. 12 will serve as an awards lunch, honoring the work of Coastkeeper LEAP students and offering an opportunity to present their work. To apply, interested students can submit this application and/or any questions to or (619) 758-7743, ext. 131.

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