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Mission Statement

S.T.A.T.E.--Students Taking Action for Tomorrow's Environment-- offers the local youth an opportunity to connect with organizations within the environmental community. This youth volunteer corps aims to empower and educate students by coordinating volunteer events with environmentally minded non-profit organizations, providing a workforce for both short- and long-term projects, ultimately establishing relationships between young individuals and conscious members of their community. S.T.A.T.E. will run year-round, perpetually introducing and reinforcing the importance of life-long environmental stewardship into youthful minds.


Inspired by campers' enthusiasm and the incredible success of Avalon Park and Preserve's summer Environmental Stewardship program, director Katharine Griffiths has decided to introduce a year-round youth stewardship organization: Students Taking Action for Tomorrow's Environment. A native Smithtown resident, program coordinator Rebecca Kassay will be corresponding with environmentally conscious non-profit organizations, planning hands-on, rewarding volunteer projects.

Open to students ages 13-18, S.T.A.T.E. provides an opportunity for volunteers to develop self-confidence while socializing with like-minded peers and supporting their community. The program aims to supplement young adults' education with hands-on outdoor practices, teaching teens how to grow their own produce, use simple tools for small construction projects, and responsibly interact with the environment. A major project that the students will be involved with is the establishment and maintenance of a new experimental garden--Arcadia at Avalon-- growing and harvesting organic produce.

This program is exceptionally accessible to students, involving no costs, and offering various levels of commitment. Students are responsible to coordinate their own transportation to and from the volunteer event sites. With the understanding that many students have various commitments throughout the year, S. T. A. T. E. volunteers can adopt their own levels of participation, signing up for the events that interest them and work with their individual schedules.

Students can apply online at state.avalonparkandpreserve.org; volunteer events run year-round. For more information, please visit the website, or contact coordinator Rebecca Kassay at rebecca@avalonparkandpreserve.org or 631-786-2605.


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