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National Park Service Supports Diverse Workforce With $50,000 Grant to BVF

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The National Park Service has partnered with the Black Voice Foundation and The Opportunity of a Lifetime 2011 national case study competition with a $50,000 cooperative agreement to support diverse college students. With a commitment of developing the next generation of leaders, NPS support will assist the students build the career confidence to compete in these hard economic times.

“We are honored to partner with the national park service to open recruitment opportunities nationally for diverse students. With multiple great positions for young people who have a passion for teaching and history, this is a great career choice,” states Founding Board Member, Hardy Brown, Sr.

In order to remain relevant and sustainable in the 21st century, the National Park Service must recognize and embrace the diversity of America’s people and embrace the creation of a multicultural workforce. With a new generation of stewards, the Park Service is reaching out to find ways to meaningfully connect with a new generation of Americans.

“This agreement falls right in line with the Park Service Director’s “Call to Action”; making ourselves relevant to a changing and diverse population ensuring that the National Park Service thrives and succeeds in its next century of service. We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the BV Foundation on this new venture,” said Maxie Hamilton, NPS-Pacific West Region Equal Opportunity Manager.

This program is dedicated to working with students that attend minority-serving institutions locally and nationally. We are reaching out to campuses to assist students reach their career goals in these hard economic times. Winners will be announced in late fall, and the top 2 teams will be flown “all expenses paid” to Southern California to present their findings at the 7th Annual Black Voice Foundation annual gala, December 1 - 4. Finals will take place at California State University, San Bernardino. If you are interested in learning more about the case study competition, please contact http://bvfoundation. org/ Diversity_Case_Program. html

The Black Voice Foundation www.bvfounation.org for Media, History, & the Arts 501(c)(3) was founded in 1988 with a mission to train and educate individuals in print media. With the digital revolution, the rapid growth of technology in the world of communications and media, and the need to impact lives through a diverse set of multi-media platforms. The Foundation has expanded its mission to include digital and electronic media and a burgeoning set of projects in the fields of education, professional development, media, history, and the arts.

Contact: opp4life@ bvfoundation.org. or 937.684.8818/ 951.682.6070.

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