Youth Action Corps

Youth Action Corps

Youth Action Corps Workshop – Tuesday, November 14, 2017  4:15-6PM


The Youth Action Corps (YAC) is a creative youth leadership program for high school and early college aged teens. YAC members work together to support Ironwood Tree Experience by providing a youth voice and leadership for programs and events. YAC members ensure that Ironwood Tree Experience programs are superlative, meet youth’s interests and wellbeing, and provide awesome YAC activities that lift spirits and build skills!

YAC teens embrace their love of nature, people, and community by engaging in unique stewardship activities such as  wildlife conservation and environmental restoration projects, leading environmental educational programs, working in the community for sustainable community development projects, and even applying entrepreneurial skills within the realm of Eco Economics!

High school and college age youth who have participated in an ITE EcoProgram or Community Action program are automatically a YAC member. All YAC members are encouraged to participate in 1 YAC workshop each month at the Ironwood Tree Experience – Urban Field Station where you make new friends, share stories, and become part of YAC committees that are making a difference in the community.

Meet Youth Action Corp Members

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Ajang Deng

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I spent the early years of my life in Kenya, coming to the US with my mom and brothers under the refugee program. Settling in Tucson I graduated from Cholla High School and I am now attending Pima Community College.

My experiences with ITE include camping, backpacking and participating the the EcoMonitoring program where I deployed wildlife cameras in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park with the NPS Sonoran Desert Network.

I am now currently serving as a youth representative for climate action and I hope to become a physician and help people around the world.

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Samantha Zazueta

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My name is Samantha Zazueta. I am a junior attending City High School. I was born where the sun is always blazing and where the warm sunset leans on the majestic mountains. I was born here in Tucson, Arizona just like my parents and their parents. Tucson is my home. I live in Barrio Hollywood in a house that has been used and built by my great grandfather. I live in a two story house that is overruled by a pack of chihuahuas and by my mother, stepfather, and my nana. I have an older sister, Monique, and a baby brother Silas. Little by little, I am slowly figuring out my passions; however, I’ve always known that I want to make a positive change in the world whether it’s small or big. I’ve strive to be optimistic and genuinely caring for those around me. I am fond of learning new things, being active, spending time with family and friends and meeting new people. My aspiration in my life is to get a sense of the world by searching through different angles and being able to find a solution to problems that can be solved.

Why am I a part of YAC? Simple. It’s because it is giving me, a regular person, a chance to make a difference. I hope to gain knowledge and contribute my actions and intentionally show others around me that they can make a difference too. I want to learn an abundance of things. I may not be the smartest person but I want to learn and grasp as much as I can. I want to learn and gain an idea of how I can be a stewardship to my community and motivate those who need it.

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Paloma Martinez

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Quinn Weltzin

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I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. My family left when I was four, We moved from place to place until we finally settled in Tucson. I love all animals except spiders. My family has 1 dog and 2 cats, and I have 2 older sisters. I’m currently unschooled which is awesome because I have plenty of time to spend on my hobbies and other thing I find important. I love parkour, backpacking, biking, and hanging out with my friends. I want to be an electrical engineer with a renewable energy focus when I “grow up”.

I’m a part of Youth Action Corps (YAC), because I want to learn how to make positive differences in my community (and the rest of Tucson), and I feel this program will help me with those goals. I’ve been with ITE for a while now doing small hikes and backpacking trips, and it’s a ton of fun! I always learn a lot of wilderness survival, team building, and just all-around life skills.
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Haven Beuden

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I am Haven Beuden, and  I was born in Safford, Arizona.  I go to Walden Grove High School and I like drawing, playing video games, and playing my violin or viola. I have 3 siblings, 2 cats and 1 dog. I hope to make my community a better and healthier place for everyone.

I am part of YAC because it gives me the opportunity to not only voice my concerns but to make needed changes in communities everywhere. I never thought I would get the opportunity to make changes and I really like the ideas YAC has.

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Nola Stockam

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Madison Birchard

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Eliseo Moreno

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David Cervantes

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I am David Cervantes and I’m a senior at City High School. I have 3 little brothers, a mother, and a step-dad. One of my main interests is entomology, which is the study of insects. One thing that I love is participating in programs and activities that connect me to my community. My biggest hobby/passion currently is beatboxing, I’ve been doing it for almost 2 years and I’m not too open about it but I still love it. I aspire to become a field entomologist and I hope to travel the world to study insects.

I’m mainly doing YAC because I truly believe that if I take the time to simply listen and participate I can make a change. I want to be able to say that I participated in creating something that is helpful. Through ITE I’ve been able to gain experiences that have shaped the person I am so I am hopeful that I will gain more experiences by participating in YAC.

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Isolde Edminster-Genet

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My name is Isolde Edminster-Genet, I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and I am a senior at Green Fields Country Day School. My favorite pastimes are drawing, writing, and reading. I am a dancer and a model, I take theater arts in school, and am an aspiring photographer and film director. I love unusual things, especially things that are under-appreciated, such as scary-looking insects and snakes.

I am a part of YAC not only because I care deeply about the well-being of the environment, but also because I love learning about how cultures and communities have/do interact with it. By being a part of YAC I hope to make a positive impact in my community and spread awareness about the imminent threats our environment faces, so that we can all come together and take a step in the right direction for our planet.

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Brittney Stewart

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Youth Action Corps!

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