Youth Action Corps 2018!

Youth Action Corps 2018!

Tuesday, November 20

YAC workshop 4:30PM-6:00PM

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The Youth Action Corps (YAC) is a creative youth leadership program for high school and early college aged youth. 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 activities, intititives, interships and program in four spheres of stewardship such as Conservation & Restoration, Environmental Educational, Sustainable Community Development, and Eco Entrepreneurship!

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High school and college age youth who have participated in previous ITE EcoPrograms and interships are automatically a YAC member. All YAC members are encouraged to participate in monthly YAC workshops at the Ironwood Tree Experience – Urban Field Station where young people meet friends, share stories, and become part of YAC committees that are making a difference in the community.

 

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Sustainable Community Development

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SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:  An interdisciplinary and holistic approach to community organizing, urban and regional planning, economic development, and ecological restoration that includes the three pillars of sustainability – the natural environment, human social systems, and economics.

Urban ecosystems provide opportunites and challenges for a restorative future. The edges, back alleys, vacant lots, forgotton washes, rivers, and neighborhoods are ground zero for a paradign shift that connect natural systems, people, culture and economy in a way that restores and nurtures community.

YAC take on projects in the Tucson community to lead community engament and inspire a fresh perspective of the places that may have dissappeared from view.

YAC is trained on community engagement and sue of the Community Action Toolkit

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CONSERVATION & RESTORATION: The research, preservation, and management of biodiversity and the process of assisting the recovery of ecosystems that are degraded, damaged, or destroyed.

Just 4 hours from Tucson is an ecosystem like no other. The Sea of Cortez and its ecological, cultural and econiomic impact on the Sonoran Desert cannot be overstated. Teaming up with the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) provides YAC with experiences, skills and relationships that have both an immediate impact on the health of marine animals and a long term impact on the growth and development of future stewardship leaders.

YAC will stay at the CEDO field station and participate in research and exploration in the surrounding ecosystem.

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Canyon Tree Frog Monitoring

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the YAC Canyon Tree Frog Monitoring project is a citizen science program for YAC members interested in the research, preservation, and management of biodiversity and the process of assisting the recovery of ecosystems that are degraded, damaged, or destroyed.

Canyon Tree Frog Monitoring program is for YAC members who have a strong interest in outdoor and adventure skills, wildlife conservation and restoration, and field science.

Participatns should expect to engage in 4 or more canyon tree frog monitoring excursions per year.

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YAC Media

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YAC Media is an exciting, voice forward, program that provides YAC members hands-on, creative, innovative, opportunities to deliver the stories and experiences of our biological and culturally diverse Sonoran Desert Community.

YAC Media participants recieve training, tools and professional connections, for Videos, Blogs, Podcasts and other multimedia outlets. YAC members who have a strong interest in media, journalism, environmental and social issues, community stewardship, civics, are encouraged to join.

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Wilderness Warriors Internship

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The Wilderness Warrior InternshipIn is in partneship with The Wilderness Society,  and designed to connect Tucson youth to the land, policies, and people that represent US federal wildlands – designated protected wilderness, urban city, county parks, and important, yet unprotected wild landscapes.

Youth interns ages 15-20 are introduced to the human, natural and economic benefits of wildlands through direct explorations (hiking, camping, backpacking) and personal discovery in the deserts, mountains and canyons in Southeast Arizona and with such people as The Wilderness Society staff , local politicians, and land management experts and public lands stakeholders.

Youth gain knowledge and understanding of the management and protection of natural and cultural resources and experience the challenges and successes of wilderness advocacy, policy, and protection. Participants can expect to share their ideas and perceptions in matters of land and water conservation and community stewardship. The final products for this Internship will be to develop a youth-driven, media announcement (video, podcast, etc.) that advocates for wilderness protection and access.

YAC members who have a strong interest in environmental issues and concerns, community stewardship, civics, and outdoor adventure are encouraged to apply.

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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My name is Paloma Martinez, I am from the desert, and was raised in Amado and Tucson AZ. I am a junior at City High School, I love all things of the natural environment and enjoy hiking, gardening, connecting, skating & creating.

I am a part of YAC and involved with ITE because I am passionate about taking care of and learning about the environment and people around me. ITE is an awesome little community to be a part of, with people and mentors who also care and know a lot about the environment. I’m not sure exactly what I’d like my future career to be, maybe it doesn’t exist yet, but I know that I love to work with ecosystems, and I’d like to do some work with sustainability and conservation & make the world a healthier & happier place.
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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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My name is Madison Birchard. I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, my home. I feel a strong sense of pride in our community and I’m honored to be a Tucson native. With the warm summer air and cicadas buzzing, I am never more at peace. I love anything outdoors, especially hiking around sunset where I can take in all of the beautiful colors that Arizona’s sky has to offer. Riding my unicycle around my neighborhood gives me a chance to take a break from my busy life and truly reflect and find myself. I strongly enjoy playing golf with my father. I am a freshman at University High school and I love spreading happiness to all of my classmates.

I am apart of YAC and ITE because I love nature and being involved with my community. Getting a chance to make a change is too hard to pass up. In this world we need people to take a stand and help people around them. That is exactly what I plan to accomplish. Being apart of this program I hope to make a difference whether that difference is big or small.
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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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Madeline Friberg-Landon

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Geran Lewis

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I am Geran Lewis I was born in Tokyo, Japan. I left Japan at age three. From there I moved to Sierra Vista, and afterwards to Tucson. I am currently a Junior at Changemaker High School. I live with my dad, mom, and my sister. Some my hobbies that I enjoy are drawing World War II ships, work on models, and go hiking. My interests are that I love to be outdoors, especially hiking, and learning about the history of Arizona and gardening.

I am part of YAC because I find it important for people to be aware of the environment that is around them. I hope that by doing this people will want to better protect the beautiful desert that we live in.  

Youth Action Corps!

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    Planting future fruits in Mission Garden