Department of the Interior, National League of Cities and YMCA of the USA to Announce New Partnership to Connect Young People to the Outdoors

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ST PAUL, MN – On April 28, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Saint Paul Mayor and President of the League of Cities Chris Coleman, Salt Lake City Mayor and First Vice President of the League of Cities Ralph Becker, and YMCA of the USA President and CEO Neil Nicoll to announce a new partnership to inspire millions of young adults and veterans to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors.

The press announcement is a follow-up to a Secretarial Order issued by Jewell on March 30, 2014 to significantly expand recreational, educational, volunteer and career opportunities for millions of youth and veterans on the nation's public lands, including partnerships with businesses and youth organizations to support the Obama Administration's 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC). To learn more about the Interior Department's youth initiative, click here.

Following the announcement, Secretary Jewell will join YMCA youth and local officials for a tree planting service project near Kelly's Landing.

Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, and President of the League of Cities
Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, and First Vice President of the League of Cities
Neil Nicoll, President, and CEO, YMCA of the USA
Paul Labovitz, Superintendent, Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, National Park Service
Alyson Mohan-Lucas, Program Executive, YMCA Twin Cities

Local officials and stakeholders


Youth Partnership Press Announcement


Harriet Island Pavilion

St. Paul, MN


Monday, April 28, 2014

9:45 a.m. CDT – Media Check-in

10:00 a.m. CDT – Announcement

10:30 a.m. CDT – Brief Media Availability

10:45 a.m. CDT – Service Project (b-roll opportunity)


Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP here no later than 9:00 a.m. CDT on Monday, April 28, 2014.
Additional logistical information will be provided to confirmed reporters.