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ARCATA >> Arcata resident and member of the Watershed Stewards Program, Kalyn Bocast, was presented with the Catherine Milton California AmeriCorps Member of the Year Award for her leadership and outstanding positive contribution to her community. The award was presented at the AmeriCorps 20th Year Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 12.

“She is what AmeriCorps stands for! She is getting things done for our communities, our nation and our world!” said Catherine Milton, responsible for the design and implementation of the national service programs that evolved into AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve. “She has made a real difference, organizing hundreds and hundreds of young people and getting them involved.”

When asked about receiving the award, Kalyn said “I am sincerely grateful to the CaliforniaVolunteers, the California Conservation Corps, and the Watershed Stewards Program for providing the opportunity to influence my community in a positive way.

“This AmeriCorps term has changed my life profoundly, personally and professionally, and has given me the confidence to achieve my goals and dreams,” she continued.

As an AmeriCorps Service Member working with the California Conservation Corps, in Fortuna, Kalyn created educational programs, spearheaded watershed restoration projects, and provided many opportunities for the public to be involved in service within their community. A highlight of her service was her creation, development, and direction of Creek Days, a three day watershed recovery fair located in Trinidad, for over 400 students and community members in Humboldt County. In addition, she planned and implemented a volunteer service project that focused on stabilizing the banks of Redwood Creek in Briceland. Furthermore, Kalyn is currently spearheading an extensive Janes Creek restoration program in collaboration with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, City of Arcata, Humboldt State University students, and the North Coast Preparatory Academy.

For more information, please visit the Watershed Stewards Program website www.ccc.ca.gov/go/wsp.

The mission of the Watershed Stewards Program is to conserve, restore, and enhance anadromous watersheds for future generations by linking education with high-quality scientific practices. A program of the California Conservation Corps, WSP is one of the most productive programs for future employment in natural resources. WSP is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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