Youth Development through Service to Nature

Posted by Student Conservation Association on July 11, 2016

Youth Development through Service to Nature


Student Conservation Association (SCA) members grow through their program experiences to become more deeply committed to conservation and civic engagement and to exhibit critical skills and strengths that are fundamental to success in the 21st century, according to a new study by Search Institute. The research also finds that members’ positive development is cultivated by promoting strong youth-adult relationships and by creating a team climate where members are both challenged and supported.

SCA partnered with Search Institute to assess the impact of intensive conservation experiences on members’ personal development and readiness for school, work, and engaged civic life. Drawing on pre- and post-program metrics from 484 National and Community Crew members, the data suggest important ways SCA members change over the course of their conservation experience.

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