Millions of Jobs for the Next Generation

The PLSC promotes youth service jobs and career development on public/tribal lands and waters. Each year, Coalition members engage more than 17,000 young people in jobs and service opportunities, and they are poised to expand greatly to address the record-high youth unemployment, the billions of dollars of backlogged maintenance needs on public lands, the need for future federal public lands employees, the national youth obesity epidemic, and the disengagement of youth from the great American outdoors.

Youth at work on public lands expands a win-win with large-scale benefits

Investing in young adults to receive the training and employment they need to accomplish service projects on public lands results in a compounding of benefits, including:

  • Accomplishment of important work
  • Cost-effective outcomes
  • Leveraging of resources
  • Connection of communities to public lands
  • Getting young adults outside
  • Development of a diverse future workforce
  • Engagement of under-represented communities
  • Support of local economies
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