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 Spring 2020 Schedule Overview
|January||Sat 1/11/20 8AM-3PM||Orientation @ ITE and Beyond Event||Begin: ITE End: ITE|
|Sat 1/18/20 9AM-4PM||Explore the Santa Cruz River and Juan Bautista de Anza Tr.||Begin: ITE End: ITE|
|Sat 1/25-26/20 Start 9AM - End 4PM||Camping Excursion @ Santa Ritas (SRER)||Begin: ITE End: ITE|
|February||Sat 2/8/20 9AM-4PM||Interpretive Stories Training Intro to Asset Mapping||Begin: ITE End: ITE|
|Sat 2/15/20 9AM-4PM||Developing Interpretive Stories: Mission Garden||Begin: ITE End: ITE|
|Wed 2/26/20 4PM-6:30PM||Mid Program Evaluation||Begin: ITE End: ITE|
|March||Sat 3/7/20 9AM-4PM||Gear Up and Get Ready||Begin: ITE End: ITE|
|Sat - Wed 3/16-20/20 8AM Sun-3PM||Spring Break Expedition||Begin: ITE End: ITE|
|April||Sat 4/4/20 9AM-12PM||Prepping Presentations||Remote: Zoom Call|
|Wed 4/8/20 2PM-3:30PM||Interpretive Presentation Final Drafts||Remote: Zoom Call|
|Wed 4/15/20 2PM-3:30PM||Interpretive Presentation Final Drafts||Remote: Zoom Call|
|Sat 4/18/20 9AM-12PM||Practice Interpretive Presentations||Remote: Zoom Call|
|Wed 4/22/20 9AM-12PM||Interpretive Presentation Final Drafts||Remote: Zoom Call|
|Sat 4/25/20 9AM-1PM||Final Workshop Session||Remote: Zoom Call|