The Wild Rivers Community Foundation welcomes a Del Norte High School graduate back to the community.

Jermaine Brubaker will return to Del Norte County to manage a project aimed to increase the number of 16- to 24-year-olds connected to school or work.

The Opportunity Youth initiative is funded by the Aspen Institute of Washington, D.C., and Del Norte is one of 21 communities nationally chosen to participate. Wild Rivers Community Foundation serves as the support organization for the one-year project.

A local group of agency partners, including Del Norte Health and Human Services, College of the Redwoods-Del Norte, Del Norte Unified School District and the Del Norte Work Force Center, will spend the year identifying changes that could be made to local systems and policies to connect more 16- to 24-year-olds to school or work in Del Norte County.

Brubaker brings back to the community more than a decade of community development and group facilitation experience, including management of a regional YouthServe/Americorps program.

She is a skilled professional development trainer and group process facilitator.

"In addition to Jermaine's community development experience, we are also excited about her ability to connect with the youth in our community. Jermaine's an asset Del Norte is lucky to have back," said Tim Hoone, director, Del Norte Workforce Center.

For more information about the Aspen Institute's Opportunity Youth initiative, visit