National Parks Conservation Association/Los Angeles
Community Partners Youth in Wilderness Pilot Project
The Junior Rangers Program in Los Angeles was created
when a group of young people from some of our community partner agencies
came together at the libraries of Dorsey and Crenshaw High Schools.
During these meetings the young people crafted a proposal and a program
that they felt was needed in their community. The young people stressed
family involvement in their camping trips and experiential learning
opportunities at the park sites. The original grant was rewarded from
the Sierra Club. Click here for more details.
The National Parks Youth Advisory Council
The NPYAC is made up young people from local Youth Leadership
Councils that represents the opinions of young people regarding the
outreach efforts and the various programs within the National Parks
and the National Parks Conservation Association. The council will also
ensure that the programs that are being created are relevant to young
people. The Council was inspired by a workshop planned and conducted
by our youth at the Mosaic Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Employment, Volunteering, and Internship Initiative
The purpose is to ensure that the diversity of America is reflected
in the employment of the National Parks System and the conservation
movement. We are looking to involve young people in various employment,
volunteer, and internship opportunities. Today only 3.2 % of the NPS
workforce is made up latino males and only 6.6% of African American
males, a number that actually decreased by 1.3% in the last 3 years!
The Los Angeles branch of the NPYAC is T.H.E.F.L.A.B.A.
Click here for more info on this dynamic group
of young people.
The Expo Rangers (a youth program of Expo Neighbors Association,
an LACP member) is a spinoff of the NPCA Junior Ranger Program (implemented
by the LACP with funding from the Sierra Club Youth in Wilderness Foundation).
In Spring 2002, National Park Service (NPS) officials at Manzanar National
Historic Site confirmed an $18,000 PLC grant to perform a GPS survey
and related site mitigation planning and implementation work. A few
weeks later, NPS officials at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation
Area confirmed a $17,000 PLC grant to perfom trail maintenance surveys
and related field work. This program is a learning experience and job
opportunity for students aged 16-26. Click
here for more information.
More programs coming soon including: