PROCLAMATION from Fred Camillo, First Selectman
WHEREAS, Anne Egbert founded the Greenwich Youth Conservation program in 1978; and
WHEREAS, Since the Greenwich Youth Conservation Program was founded, it has offered more than 3,500 Greenwich teens their first job opportunity to learn teamwork and practical skills while enhancing the environment and making a valuable contribution to their community; and
WHEREAS, The Greenwich Youth Conservation Program has provided a unique public/private program incorporates education, skill building and personal growth through challenging two-week work sessions spent maintaining Greenwich parks and properties, learn valuable skills from guest speakers on topics critical to teens and learning socialization skills and knowledge which will be helpful to them in their future work and lives; and
WHEREAS, This proven program is overseen by personnel from the Greenwich Department of Human Services and the Department of Parks and Recreation who spend time coordinating activities, developing worksites and supervising participants; and
WHEREAS, Anne Egbert, Greenwich Youth Conservation Program founder, graduated from Connecticut College and received degrees from Columbia University Teachers College and the University of Bridgeport. She taught music at Greenwich Academy and Greenwich Country Day School; volunteered for the Greenwich Department of Human Services as an advisor to “Seniors for Seniors,” matching senior citizens and high school seniors; and served as Executive Director of the Fairfield/Westchester Science Education Center. After receiving an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, Anne counseled families and children in private practice; and
WHEREAS, To honor Anne’s memory the Greenwich Youth Conservation Program teen participants planted a flowering Redbud tree today in Bruce Park.