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Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School (MELS) Students Participate in Environmental Internship on Shelter Island

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    Katie Park

From July 5 to August 1, Andy Llerena and Aaron Ross, two students at MELS, are interning for a conservation program at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.

Andy and Aaron are two out of about 150 students from across the country who have dedicated their summer to immersing themselves with nature. These students are part of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program that gives youth from urban communities a chance to explore environmental careers.

The Shelter Island Reporter described that, “during their internship, the students will train for green jobs and enhance their classroom education by participating in conservation activities like removing invasive plant species, surveying protected lands and monitoring tree health.”

LEAF internships have proven to be successful, as many of the interns go on to, “pursue environmental careers [or] volunteer for environmental causes in their communities.”