2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
Sonoma County, CA
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
California

Launched with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act support in 2009, the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps has created over 1,300 jobs for disadvantaged youth while addressing critical environmental issues. The initiative has been sustained by an unusual alliance of government and local nonprofit organizations and has been replicated in five west coast communities.