Hey There! I’m Olivia and I’m happy to be here in Alpena, Michigan as a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member serving with the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. I just started my service in early January and look forward to 10 months of youth engagement in place-based stewardship education (PBSE). Approximately one month ago I graduated from Michigan State University(MSU) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Relations and Policy. While at MSU I along with 4 other students worked on resource mapping for that Lansing school district. We endeavored to find ways that students and parents could easily utilize certain resources that improve student achievement and postsecondary education access. While being housed out of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary I plan on putting my boots on the ground in schools across northeast Michigan. I am eager to pool community and conservation resources in northeast Michigan for PBSE efforts. I am excited to collaborate with teachers, community members and youth in educational opportunities that get kids outside, connected to their community and creating positive change for our environment and our future.