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 is recruiting 8 Sonoran Desert interns to explore Place, the Natural World, and Community through exploration, storytelling, and reflection to engage in a 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 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
- 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
- Specialize in social and environmental issues affecting the place you call home