In the spring of 2022, 8 Tucson teens signed up for an environment and community-based internship program called Youth for Blue Skies! In partnership with the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, youth interns explored climate change, air pollution, environmental justice and ecology through experiences in their Sonoran Desert community. By actively engaging in environmental science, attending expert led workshops, exploring nature’s lessons and sharing community stories, interns gained new skills, friendships and a unique behind the scenes experience at the intersections of environmental quality and society.
Adventure and Learning: interns experienced 7 field expeditions including a campout, 6 online meetings, and 1 community symposium. Following field expeditions, interviews and discussions, students worked in teams to propose visions for their communities. This project involved dedicated qualitative and quantitative research and discussion, interns received $450 for their dedication.