Cause progress
Raised $51,253
Goal $60,000
  • Total Donors12
  • Fundraising Closes Dec 31, 2020

Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) based out of Chattanooga, TN is excited to announce the continuation and expansion of the American Sign Language Inclusion (ASLi) crew program. Following in the footsteps of SECC’s Youth Conservation Corps model, deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) teens are afforded the opportunity to participate in a program that empowers them to learn and grow through addressing critical conservation service projects such as trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, and invasive species management within the Southeast Region.

Each ASLi crew will:

  • Consist of two adult leaders who are fluent in ASL, and six members ages 17-20.
  • Travel, work, camp, and recreate within East Tennessee and North Georgia.
  • Work in partnership with organizations such as Lula Lake Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Currently, no other corps models exist within the Southeast region for D/HH youth to gain job-training skills related to conservation and natural resource management. As such, one of the most exciting pieces of this program is that SECC is equipping these members with the skills needed to seek employment within this field.

As these opportunities grow in collaboration with deaf communities, organizations like SECC can continue to facilitate programs that lead to a more equitable and inclusive presence within the outdoor industry. This project will continue to grow the legacy of conservation that SECC began in 2013, by connecting young people to their natural environments.

SECC has received a grant from the Riverview Foundation and funding from the U.S. Forest Service totaling $50,000, for the 2020 ASLi program season. We are close to our necessary funding goal of $60,000 and would love for you to consider a donation in support of this unique and import program model.

SECC recognizes its responsibility to engage the next generation of land stewards and hopes that you will join us in building a more inclusive and equitable landscape for deaf youth.