In 2015, Jacoby got an e-mail from his mom about a summer service-opportunity in Minnesota with Conservation Corps’ award winning Faces of Tomorrow initiative. Encouraged by his mom, who works for the department of forestry at Auburn University in Alabama, Jacoby and his cousin decided to give it a try. Thinking they would be working in the city, Ely ended up being quite different from what they expected! However, Jacoby is back this year for his third summer with the Corps.
Jacoby has spent the past three summers brush hauling, working with chainsaws, completing water erosion projects and planting seeds. During his first summer, Jacoby had never used power tools before. He had trouble using chainsaws, finding it difficult to make proper cuts. Now, it is his favorite skill to practice and he enjoys seeing how much he improves year after year.
In his third summer, Jacoby has become a leader. He is comfortable giving advice to his fellow members and helps them when they feel unsure. Jacoby is grateful for the opportunity to learn new things with the Corps and share that knowledge with others.
As a member of MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Jacoby wants to thank his advisors, Dr. Brenda Allen and Michelle Cole with Auburn Unviersity for inspiring him to take this opportunity. He is also grateful to our former NE District Manager, Chris Severson, for accepting him into the program for the past three years!
Jacoby is currently majoring in Communication Studies at Alabama State University. He hopes to work in TV or radio as a Sports Reporter or do Public Relations for the Forest Service.