SF Rec and Park Partners with JVS to Build Next Generation of Green Leadership
SAN FRANCISCO –San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) has partnered up for the 3rd year of 21 Success Program where young people would go through a 12-week internship program. On Saturday, March 2, a group of youth will be working on wild habitat restoration at Mt. Davison.
Through the internship program, more than 12 Downtown High School students would explore careers, build academic skills, gain work experience and earn credits toward their high school diploma, while teaching them about park stewardship and natural areas restoration. Over the span of the program, the students worked in a number of parks and natural areas throughout the city, performing habitat restoration and park beautification work, and learning about habitat conservation.
21 Success Program is part of SF Rec and Park’s Youth Stewardship Program that provides outdoor educational opportunities for youth to learn about environmental impact and natural areas. YSP engages youth from 4th to 12th grades with environmental education and service-learning projects in parks citywide. YSP exposes urban students to an outdoor learning environment that proves to be engaging and challenging; mentally and physically. Students are taught science, environmental education, local natural & cultural history and fundamental life skills. The program is free of cost and available to any youth group in San Francisco. “Our Youth Stewardship Program is a very rewarding program where I get to meet young people who are passionate about our park system.” said, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We are thrilled to provide a safe and educational environment for all of these young people to experience our parks and natural areas.” The Success 21 program also has been a partnership between SFUSD’s Downtown High School and JVS, which works to increase the likelihood of credit deficient high school students earning a diploma, through integrated learning both in the classroom and in work experiences. “It takes the talent and resources of organizations like Recreation and Parks working with groups like JVS to help these young people succeed,” said, Abby Snay, JVS Executive Director. “SF Rec and Park provides real-world skill building which fosters success in high school and readiness for college and careers”
JVS helps people build skills, find jobs, and achieve self-sufficiency. Founded in 1973, JVS has become a respected leader in the workforce development community, and has been recognized both locally and nationally for its work in sector-based employment and training services, and its outstanding network of employer partners encompassing all sectors of the local economy.
Please see attached for YSP activities photo and link to B-roll for broadcasting purpose: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47a0lk3aDt8