Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures. Our connection to place and community has never been so important. Youth Ambassadors explore, experience and connect our community to nature and the various stories and realities that make the borderlands, Sonoran Desert and sky islands mountains so diverse and resilient. In fact, the skills youth practice within this program ranging from backcountry hikes to exploring the back alleys of our urban ecosystem are paramount to staying connected in these changing times. Youth Ambassador interns are responsible for sharing the stories of their experiences at the end of the the program in a public forum.
Program Description: Youth interns will explore natural environments and human cultures to help create place based stories for the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail. These stories will be compiled into resources that will be used to directly serve public schools in Southeastern Arizona.
Adventure and Learning: Working with National Park Service rangers and Ironwood Tree Experience staff, youth will practice interpretive presentation skills in relation to the native plants, wildlife and cultural history of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. This free program requires selected participants to attend all weekend field trips.
Field Outing Dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24 (Exact dates subject to change depending upon Covid-19 status)
Application Due Date: 8th-10th Grade program application due Wednesday, March 31
YASWC April 2021 Schedule Overview
|April||Sat 4/3/21 9AM-1PM||Orientation and Urban Exploration||Mission Garden and Chuk-son Trail
|Wed 4/7/21 3:30PM-4:30PM||Neighborhood exploration||Zoom|
|Sat 4/10/21 9AM-3PM||Storytelling and explorations||Tumacacori/Tubac|
|Wed 3/14/21 3:30PM-4:30PM||Neighborhood mapping||Zoom|
|Sat 4/17/21 9AM-3PM||Story Telling and Exploration||Madera Canyon|
|Wed 4/21/21 3:30PM-4:30PM||Neighborhood Assessment||Zoom|
|Sat 4/24/21 8PM-1:00PM||Storytelling and Exploration||San Xavier del Bac|
|May||Sat 5/1/21 10AM-11:30AM||Celebration||Santa Cruz River|