Northeast FFA Students Serve on Youth Ranger Corps | Arts & Culture
Ocmulgee National Monument received a grant in 2012 from the National Park Foundation for engaging youth in the community. The grant, entitled “America’s Best Idea Grant,” was designed to involve under-engaged audiences in meaningful and relevant ways.
Ocmulgee National Monument partnered with Northeast High School to select four students from the school's Future Farmers of America (FFA) club to be a part of the Youth Ranger Corps program under the grant. The students selected for the program were Dekeria Williams, Marcus Hill, Jontae' Nash, and Ky’NeQuea Watkins. The Youth Ranger Corps was overseen by Interpretation Park Ranger Angela Bates.
The program gave the students an opportunity to visit to the park on a weekly basis and learn about the park's resources. The students learned about the natural and cultural history of the park and how it has impacted their community. They were also taught about the history of the National Park Service and the role it plays in the nation's history.
They also learned the procedures for visitor's center operations, how to present interpretative/educational programs, and how to assist with special events in the park.
Each student was loaned a laptop computer and camera to document their experiences and create a PowerPoint presentation to show their classmates. After the presentation, the students received the laptops as their award for completing the program.