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WIA Youth Program: 'Youth Voices' Call for State Park Conservation

Discovering the beauty of New Hampshire State Parks while committing time and energy to preserving them. A group of twenty-seven young people involved in a summer youth employment program recently invited their peers to join in their efforts.

Youth Voices, a youth group of the New Hampshire Youth Council, met with Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) Commissioner George Bald, who provided the group with a tour of Franconia Notch State Park, including a ride on the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. Bald encouraged the youth to consider careers in outdoor recreation and environmental management and stressed the importance and enjoyment of community service projects.

Watch a video about the WIA Youth Program Service Project on our  NH Parks You Tube Channel:

In addition to the visit to Franconia Notch State Park, the student group urged classmates from school to join them for a clean-up day at Hampton Beach State Park and a tour of Fort Stark State Historic Site, in New Castle.

As part of the program, the students made colorful bulletin boards and displays for their schools and provided information about the state park system and community service in school newsletters. Youth Empowerment Program NH Parks Informational Slides 



For many of the Youth Voices members, the program offers them their first job and a chance to explore new career opportunities while enjoying the satisfaction of community service.

Additional information about WIA Youth programs may be found at