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Service Year Option Application


Do you know any high school graduates in need of a plan for next year? If so, please let them know about the Service Year Option Program beginning on September 11, 2024. The next application deadline is June 15, 2024. They may apply and learn more at serve.maryland.gov.


Major Benefits:

              -Full-time service opportunity for at least nine months

              -Earn $15/hour or more

              -Receive an additional $6,000 Completion Award at the end of the program

              -Match with an employer in their field of interest

              -Gain on-the-job training, mentoring, professional development, and exposure to employers and colleges across the State

              -Opportunity to enroll in a registered apprenticeship pathway and earn a federally recognized credential



 

Land Conservation Achivevement


In 2023, The Maryland the Beautiful Act established goals of conserving 30% of the land in the state by 2030 and 40% by 2040. Land conservation means to permanently protect land from development through purchase, donation, easement, or fee ownership to preserve the cultural, historical, ecological, or agricultural value of the land. Land protected by state agencies, local governments, nonprofit land trusts, and the federal government all count towards the goal. Maryland's total land area is about 6.1 million acres.


I am excited to announce that the goal for 2030 has been reached six years ahead of schedule. This statewide effort will protect working farms, forests, and ecological resources, while also providing public access to open space throughout the state. The immense natural beauty and the environment of Harford County, along with its agricultural land, is a core priority of mine. I will continue to advocate for both of these in Annapolis and look forward to providing further updates on land conservation.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact my office at 410-841-3158 or marydulany.james@senate.md.us.


Sincerely,


Mary-Dulany James Senator

Harford County

Maryland General Assembly







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