COVID-19 Program Alterations:
Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures is shifting to a remote, distance-learning approach to interpretation and place-based engagement. The core activities and concepts behind the program will remain the same.
During a time where conversations are more global than they are local, our connection to place and community has never been so important. As Youth Ambassadors, our interns are in a unique position where they have the platform to connect our community to the various stories and realities that make the borderlands so diverse and resilient from within our own backyards. In fact, the skills youth have practiced throughout the program, such as best research practices and unbiased interpretation of information, are paramount to staying informed in these changing times. Youth Ambassadors will be responsible for structuring, facilitating, and filming a 3-5 minute long interpretive presentation around their selected research topics.
Project Description: Over the course of 4 months interns will participate in a holistic, bioregional, cultural experience rooted in ecology throughout Southeastern Arizona. Interns will meet experts and document the stories of the diverse communities living along the Santa Cruz river between Nogales and Tucson, AZ. Interns will explore natural environments and human cultures in order to develop interactive presentations for the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail which will be used to directly serve public schools in Southeastern Arizona.
Adventure and Learning: Interns earn $150 working with National Park Service rangers and Ironwood Tree Experience staff to develop strong interpretive presentation skills and an in-depth understanding of the natural and cultural history of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Interns are required to attend all after-school sessions, weekend field trips, and a 5-day spring break camping expedition to Ft Bowie, Chiricahua, Coronado, and Tumacacori National Parks and Monuments.
Internship Dates: January 2020 – April 2020 (4 months), includes Spring Break (March 16th-20th)
Application Due Date: January 4th, 2020. 12 spaces available
YASWC March 2021 Schedule Overview
|March||Sat 3/6/21 9AM-3PM||Orientation and Exploration||Tumacacori/Tubac|
|Wed 2/10/21 3PM-4:30PM||Neighborhood Assessment||Zoom|
|Sat 3/13/21 9AM-3PM||Storytelling and explorations||Madera Canyon|
|Wed 3/17/21 3PM-4:30PM||Neighborhood Assessment||Zoom|
|Sat 3/20/21 9AM-13PM||Story Telling and Exploration||San Xavier del Bac|
|Wed 3/24/21 3PM-4:30PM||Neighborhood Assessment||Zoom|
|Sat 3/27/21 9PM-3:00PM||Urban Exploration||Mission Garden and Chuk-son Trail|
|April||Sat 4/3/21 10AM-11:30AM||Celebration||Santa Cruz River|