The word retirement might conjure up scenes of beach vacations or sleeping in late. But for many retirees, those golden years after finishing a long career get rather busy, and retirement isn't just about relaxation. Instead, many devote their increased leisure time to volunteer work and helping out nonprofit organizations in their communities; whether churches, museums, or schools.
Project Tierra — a program initiated by Watsonville Wetlands Watch of Watsonville, California — offers students in Santa Cruz County a unique opportunity. They spend a day in the nearby West Struve Slough, taking on the roles of wildlife researchers; counting species, testing water quality, and collecting specimens.
It's a question teachers across the country hear every day. "What's the point? When am I going to use this in real life?" That's a question Redwood City-based nonprofit Spark is trying to help students answer. But instead of providing classroom instruction, the nonprofit places at-risk students in real-world work environments, giving them a chance to apprentice at local businesses.