Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Aims to Expose Urban Youth to STEM Education Through Historic Partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Aug 12, 2015, 12:00 ET from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a leading African American sorority, signed a five-year partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Refuge System to introduce conversation and preservation sciences as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) area of focus to urban youth. Through the partnership, urban youth with an emphasis on young women and girls will have access to 564 national wildlife refuges and nearly 100 national hatcheries in the U.S., as well as internships and career opportunities.

The 95-year old sorority becomes the first minority women's organization to sign a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Refuge System. "We are ecstatic about the opportunity to develop the next generation of researchers, biologists and scientists to make our world a healthier place," said Mary Breaux Wright, Zeta International President. "It is our hope to make seldom used words like "conversation," "preservation" and "migration" mainstays in our communities," Wright added.

In addition to providing access to STEM education and activities, the partnership seeks to have youth develop a personal connection with nature, understand the importance of conserving the natural world for future generations, and encourage healthful living. The partnership also aligns to the organization's "Zetas Have Heart" initiative by encouraging the use of hiking trails as a part of one's everyday exercise regime.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1920 by five co-ed students at Howard University who envisioned a sorority that would promote the highest standard of scholastic achievement and Finer Womanhood. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has a diverse membership of more than 120,000 college-educated women with more than 800 chapters in North America, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, and Middle East. For more information, please visit www.zphib1920.org

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information, visit www.fws.gov, or connect with us through any of these social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube.

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