- February 02, 2014
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Bootstraps Program has received the 2013 Partners in Conservation Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior, one of only 20 programs across the nation to receive this award for achievements in conservation of natural resources that include collaborative activity among a diverse range of entities.
The Bootstraps Program gives at-risk young adults, ages 18 to 25, the opportunity to be involved in natural resource project work, such as restoring sage-grouse habitat. Through the program, participants receive practical classroom instruction and field experience, as well as the skills and decision-making abilities to return to school or enter the workforce. Since 2005, the program has employed more than 100 at-risk young adults, about two-thirds of whom are Native Americans.