Desert Youth Heritage Project

Desert Youth Heritage Project

Program 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 aims to connect 8 Sonoran Desert interns to Place, the Natural World, and Community. Interns will participate 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 will get outside and explore urban and wildland ecosystems as a crucial element of their internship experience. Interns will create 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 builds 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

Program Dates: 

Fall 2020: Interns begin the Desert Youth Heritage Project on October 17, 2020 and finish on January 19, 2021.

Spring 2021: Interns are required to put their experience and skills to work and inspire other youth by engaging in Ironwood Tree Experience spring programs for up to 16 hours. These programs may include Field Programs with schools, ITE Youth Action Corps programs, and Citizen Science activities.

Program Application and Fees: 

There are no program fees for this program, and Interns will receive a stipend of up to $400 for full participation in this internship!

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
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Dorothy Pallanes

Dot
Isaiah

Isaiah Haley

Isaiah
YAC – Gianna

Gianna Alvarenga

YAC – Gianna
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Paloma Martinez

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