Service + More Service + Commitment
After a long, hot summer of getting their hands dirty with multiple service projects around the Gallatin Valley, our Juniors completed their final days of service last week. On Monday, Kayla and Robin's crews joined up with Gallatin Valley Land Trust to work hand in hand on a trail maintenance project.
Participants learned about erosion and responsible use while also gaining an appreciation for all of the hard work that goes into maintaining the trails they have frequented during their BYEP careers. After arriving to the Drinking Horse trailhead, participants grabbed shovels, wheelbarrows, picks, and some elbow grease to restore a section of trail that was damaged from use.
On Tuesday, we shifted gears and traveled to Four Corners Recycling to learn about the waste our community creates and what takes place at recycling centers across the nation. Not only did participants help process the recyclables deposited at the site that day, they learned some very interesting things about the recycling process.
- In the U.S., out of the seven classifications of plastic, we are only able to recycle type 1 and type 2
- The recyclables collected in Bozeman are actually shipped to a coastal city, where they are processed again and shipped to China to recycle
- Nearly 60% of all recyclables shipped to a coastal city are shipped back to Montana and thrown into a landfill due to them being the wrong type of plastic or too contaminated to effectively recycle
Our seniors shifted gears last week and returned to their normal workshop structure of meeting from 4:00pm to 7:00pm to discuss what commitment means, and how they can support each other through the final months of their BYEP experience.
This week the 12th graders with have an all day raft trip which will transition into an outdoor cookout, bonfire, and right-of-passage ceremony. After diving into commitment last week, all of these participants should be ready to take the steps into the final stages of their time at BYEP as their careers here culminate in the reflective process and graduation of their final session with us this fall.
After this week, BYEP will be on its session break. We will reconvene the week of September 10th with regular workshop times from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
Last, but not least, if you are unaware this is Kayla's last session as a BYEP employee. Kayla has committed three and half years of her giant heart and soul to this program and the participants she has worked with. If you have chance, wish her farewell as she pursues her dream of coming a therapist.
Thanks for a great summer, we will see you this fall!