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Columbia FRO C.A.R.E.S
Midwest Region, June 20, 2006
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Three young men began a summer-long journey working with fishery biologists at Columbia FRO, June 20. This summer marks the first opportunity Columbia FRO has had to participate in the City of Columbia’s C.A.R.E program. 

Since 1982, the program has served Columbia’s youth, ages 14-18, in many important ways. C.A.R.E provides at-risk or disadvantaged participants with summer employment opportunities to help them become self-disciplined, productive, and skilled. The program also offers youths educational opportunities in applying basic skills to real world problems. 

C.A.R.E trainees work up to 180 hours and attend up to 25 hours in an educational setting for problem-solving. Trainees are paid $5.15 per hour for attending work/class up to 205 hours. The C.A.R.E. Program is funded by the City of Columbia and administered through the Parks & Recreation Department.

Gary Shead Jr., Andrew Murphey, and Zachary Mace joined the fisheries staff and have assisted in net repair, vehicle and boat cleaning and maintenance, pressing fish scales, extracting paddlefish tags and working on the river collecting data for multiple projects. 

More importantly they have been given a taste of fisheries biology, life as an adult and an opportunity to interact with mentors.  Fishery Biologist Cliff Wilson has been instrumental in the development and accountability of these young men and serving as a positive influence. Their employment will come to an end at the first of August.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov
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