Portland, OR, July 01, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- What’s that smell? Water. Processing wastewater into useable water is the responsibility of the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant where iUrban Teen program participants had the opportunity to visit, tour, and discover how stinky used water is turned into fresh reusable water.
“It’s important that our youth learn about clean water and preserving our rivers. Exposing them to not only career opportunities, but also how to be excellent environmental stewards is key,” Deena Pierott, Founder of iUrban Teen.
On June 24, 2016 teens ages 13-18 came together under the banner of iUrban Teen and visited the Treatment Plant to think about our water systems and to observe how wastewater is recycled into reusable water, energy, and natural soil amendment for plants. Through a wastewater tour, the teens were informed about water and nutrient cycles, wastewater treatment and human health, pollution prevention and water conservation, and human impacts to water systems. Additionally, the youth had an opportunity to discuss responsible water use, the impact of products we use, and how everyday choices impact our environment.
Michael Donaldson, O&M Supervisor, City of Portland states, “It’s all about exposure. To formulate an interest one has to be exposed to the opportunities that exist. Seeing someone that looks like you articulating their passion for a particular profession helps instill that confidence that ‘I too can achieve’.”
About iUrban Teen
We expose and inspire underrepresented youth, ages 13-18, to become tomorrow’s business and technology leaders. Through career-centered education, youth receive hands-on exposure to a variety of vocations and civic engagement to move them outside of their current boundaries. iUrban Teen programs are now in Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, and launching in New York in the fall of 2016. For more information on how to support our work or to bring iUrban Teen to your community contact us for more information.