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Project Grow Students Connect with NRCS Mentors


Project Grow Students Connect with NRCS Mentors

Six St. Paul High School Students enrolled in Project Grow recently met with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) St. Paul State Office employees on January 29th to learn more about careers at the NRCS.   Project Grow connects local St. Paul Hmong high school students to natural resources, conservation and leadership through partnership in afterschool activities.  This program is made possible through a partnership between NRCS and the Hmong American Partnership (HAP).

Christopher Heng, HAP Project Ground Coordinator began the group get-together with NRCS by performing a few warm-up icebreaker activities. These exercises helped the group come together to understand one another. “We want to grow the students through Project Grow by investing in their lives,” said Heng.  

Following a brief afternoon break, the students met one-on-one with NRCS employees.  These conversations set the stage for the student and NRCS to share their backgrounds, interest, experience and desires for the future.  “Dialogue such as this provides connections for jumpstarting a student’s future career,” said John Xiong, NRCS Cartographer.

Lois Baker, Human Resources manager shared NRCS career information with the students.  She reminded the students that USA Jobs posts jobs for students.  Additionally, Baker mentioned how the Pathways Program is being used at NRCS to advertise student positions. 

The Project Grow students will continue to meet until the end of their school year in May, 2014.  These weekly meetings take place on Wednesday after school.  For additional information regarding NRCS’ role in Project Grow, contact Xiong at (651)-602-7863.