Albany, NY (October 5, 2007)- Brother Yusuf Burgess, Director of the Environmental Awareness Network for Diversity in Conversation (an ACT member), has been invited by author Richard Louv- “Last Child in the Woods”- and Cheryl Charles- President C&NN- to be a board member of the National Children & Nature Network.
Brother Yusuf is an Environmental Educator at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation where he coordinates the DEC Diversity Program and is responsible for an urban outreach to increase the diversity of their Summer Youth Environmental Education Camps. He is member of the Albany School District’s Youth Safety Task Force and mentor to many youth from elementary school to college. As a concerned and dedicated youth professional he exposes young people to the natural world with engaging outdoor recreation activities. Part of his approach is to take urban youth on camping, boating, hunting, fishing, hiking, and skiing excursions. Getting them involved in pursuits that take them outside the often-constricting worlds they live in.
He is a Champion of the Eagle Eye Institute of Massachusetts and their “Learn about Forest” Programs and a founding member of the Diversity Committee of the New York State Outdoor Education Association. He is a graduate of the Leadership Training Institute of Hofstra College and is currently pursuing a course of instruction in Environmental Education and Urban Planning at the New York State Empire College.
Environmental Awareness Network for Diversity in Conversation
Children and Nature Network