We are dedicated to helping develop a new generation of conservation professionals – one that reflects the increasing diversity of America itself. And our partnership with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., will help us engage more Americans in a meaningful way. Dr. Mario Brown, International Coordinator of Sigma Beta Clubs, the fraternity’s youth auxiliary, talked about the partnership, which turned 1 in April, in the summer issue of Fish & Wildlife News.
The Service and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., plant trees to commemorate their partnership at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in New Orleans. Photo by Tom MacKenzie/USFWS
On May 19, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took an important step in our partnership to engage urban youth in outdoor recreation and STEM education, that is, learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
We established a local relationship at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in New Orleans that will stand as the model for increasing our broader partnership efforts.
With a model in place, let’s now challenge ourselves to put it to good use.