Building Healthy Communities is seeking applicants for its Youth Training Academy.

Scheduled for June 18 to July 20, the academy offers an opportunity for young adults from high school sophomores through age 24 to explore potential career paths and earn a $500 stipend, according to a BHC news release. The program has room for 100 youths. The application deadline is May 15.

The program from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. is funded by a grant through Building Healthy Communities and is free to participants. Other partners include College of the Redwoods, Coastal Connections and other local nonprofits and agencies, according to the news release.

This year’s career pathways were based on youth interest as well as the potential for future job opportunities. The training academy will be based at College of the Redwoods, but will also include field trips and off-site work.

Participants can select three potential pathways and will be assigned to one following an interview with program organizers. Youth who complete the program will receive the $500 stipend, according to BHC.

Applications are available at College of the Redwoods’ Del Norte campus, Coastal Connections, 475 K St., Crescent City, and Wild Rivers Community Foundation, 990 Front St., Crescent City.

This year’s pathways are:

Youth Innovation Studio, focusing on health-related issues and how to be an innovative leader in the community.

Ecotourism 101, focusing on how small businesses work with public land managers such as Redwood National and State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service to cater to visitors and locals.

Youth Organization and Leadership, focusing on how to be civically engaged in the community.

Media (journalism), focusing on “core elements of storytelling” using audio, video, digital media and the written word. Participants will explore different media-related careers including journalism and marketing.

Food and agriculture, focusing on landscape design and installation with the Community Food Council’s food forest.

Health Care Pathways, focusing on ways to improve health and wellbeing and related careers.

Early childhood education: This three-unit course covers principles and practices of early childhood education. Books and registration fees are included. After this class, participants only need three more units to be employed in early childhood education.

For more information about the Youth Training Academy, call BHC Outreach Coordinator David Wheeler at 707-465-1238 or email dwheeler@wildriverscf.org; or call Tanya Anderson, student service specialist at College of the Redwoods, at 707-465-2302 or email Tanya-Anderson@redwoods.edu.

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