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The Bridge Program Spring 2022 Hiring Event 

The Bridge Program Team is excited to share that we are in full force planning for The Bridge Program Spring 2022 facilitated hiring event. The Bridge Program is a public-private partnership to create an inclusive and innovative hiring pathway that will embolden and diversify conservation employment practices.

 

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Our Keynote Speaker: 

Amber Hikes (she/her they/them) is a social justice advocate, community organizer, and unapologetically queer and Black. As the ACLU’s first Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, she provides vision, leadership, and direction for the ACLU’s nationwide strategy to support equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) across all aspects of the organization’s work and efforts. Amber serves as the internal and external ambassador on the importance of EDI as a crucial cornerstone of the ACLU’s culture of belonging.

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Amber Hikes

Our Equitable Hiring Trainers:

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The Avarna Group

The Avarna Group

Session information:

Date: April 26th 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

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Our Cover Letter Trainer:

Kimiko Martinez

Kimiko Martinez

Kimiko Martinez is an advocate, ally, environmentalist, and adventurer dedicated to making our world a more just and equitable place. She’s been in the business of social impact for more than 15 years — first as a reporter and then leading marketing, communications, and creative teams at some of the biggest progressive nonprofits in the country (Natural Resources Defense Council, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Planned Parenthood).

Session information:

Date: April 6th 2022
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

About the Bridge Program

About the Bridge Program

The Bridge Program is an innovative public-private partnership and equitable hiring pathway for the environmental sector focused on people of color and underrepresented communities founded by Greening Youth Foundation and Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards. In its inaugural year, we hosted two virtual two-day sector-wide learning and hiring events, supported 300 candidates, trained 700 staff from 55 environmental organizations and 5 federal agencies in equitable hiring, and yielded 20 job placements. Candidates were placed in a wide array of jobs in law, human resources, communications, policy, development, membership, project management, operations, GIS, field programs management, partnerships, education, horticulture, and sales.

Building on the inaugural year, we will host a virtual two-day peer learning and hiring event on May 17 and 18, 2022 continuing to close the gap between qualified potential employees and employers in the conservation field. In fall 2022 we will also have an event dedicated to connecting candidates with opportunities at federal land management agencies. These events are an excellent opportunity to convene around advancing equitable hiring solutions alongside a diverse group of candidates as well as human resources staff, organizational leaders, recruiters, and equity officers from conservation nonprofits, outdoor industry companies, and federal land management agencies. Our goal is to build learning and create relationships for long-term solutions by bringing together leaders from across the sector

For more information or questions about The Bridge Project, please contact The Bridge Project Manager, Hannah Malvin at hmalvin@gyfoundation.org or Leandra Taylor at Leandrataylor@wildernessstewards.org.

 

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