Christina McAninley has a background in the Girl Scouts, and so naturally, she loves the outdoors.
So when the Navarre High School graduate found out about the Youth Conservation Corps at a job fair at the high school, she jumped at the opportunity to apply for a position.
“It seemed like the perfect job because I’m used to being outside,” McAninley said. “The big thing I take from this job is the hard work you put into it and the pride you feel in improving your community.”
McAninley is one of six students between the ages of 16-18 who is participating in a program that is now in its 16th year at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The others are Telani Morefield, Mercedes Boatley, Harper Norris, Daniel Fulton and Phillip Jallah.
R.W. Jenkins, the director of the YCC and the chief of facility management for Gulf Islands, said money is set aside by congress each year for the program and each region is allotted a certain amount.
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