Earth Day Special! Youth Voice on KXCI – Desert Youth Heritage Project

Earth Day Special! Youth Voice on KXCI – Desert Youth Heritage Project

To catch an interview of any Desert Youth Heritage Project intern, tune into KXCI 93.1 FM or stream on-line this  Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. To find out what time to tune in. See the schedule below:

  • 4:55 a.m. – Paloma

  • 9:55 a.m. – Dot

  • 11:55 a.m. – Malachi

  • 12:55 p.m. – Gianna

  • 2:55 p.m. – Terra

  • 5:55 p.m. – Paloma- encore because 4:55am is early for listeners 🙂


Desert Youth Heritage Project Description:

In partnership with the National Park Service & Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, and the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area the Desert Youth Heritage Project connected 8 Sonoran Desert interns to Place, the Natural World, and Community in the fall of 2020. Interns participated in exploration, storytelling, and reflection to engage in a self-actualization process that showcases the diverse, intersectional, and environmental realities of our cultural heritage and wild and urban ecosystems.

Adventure & Learning:

Adjusting engagement styles to adhere to scientifically-derived Covid-19 protocols, interns got outside and explore urban and wildland ecosystems as a crucial element of their internship experience. Interns created a tapestry of stories that stitch the experiences of youth from diverse perspectives into a legacy story that spans the Santa Cruz River watershed, from the border of Mexico through Tucson. In addition, this project built research, ecological, communication, and technical skills that align youth participants to opportunities with community partners, jobs, and academic programs that best relate to their personal interests and values.

  • Rediscover personal heritage and shared history along the Santa Cruz River
  • Advocate for environmental justice
  • Specialize in social and environmental issues affecting the place you call home
  • Explore unique wildland and urban ecosystems from the sky islands to the barrios
  • Develop interpretive stories and resources related to the environmental realities affecting you and your community
  • Apply knowledge and experiences gained in past ITE internships
  • Educate community members on the unique heritage of the Santa Cruz River Valley
  • Apply your knowledge and experience by mentoring new youth environmental stewards

Project Specialists

CAT – Terra

Terra Gomez

CAT – Terra
Malachi

Malachi Fisher

Malachi
Andrea

Andrea Casas

Andrea
Isolde Edminster-Genet

Isolde Edminster-Genet

Isolde Edminster-Genet
Dot

Dorothy Pallanes

Dot
Isaiah

Isaiah Haley

Isaiah
YAC – Gianna

Gianna Alvarenga

YAC – Gianna
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Paloma Martinez

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