SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with the Port of San Francisco will host the 2015 Greenagers graduation, a youth program that educates the next generation of community leaders and build a greener environment for a sustainable ecological future. The graduation will begin at 11:30AM on Saturday, January 24 at the EcoCenter located in Heron’s Head Park.
“Greenagers are role models helping us in building communities and sustainable green space in our City,” said, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We are thrilled to support youth in developing their leadership skills while preserving and enhancing our parks and natural space.”
Participants in the Greenagers meet three Saturday mornings a month. The youth leaders work on restoration projects in Mclaren and Heron’s Head Park on the two of the scheduled Saturdays. The third Saturday of the month they research social and environmental problems associated with their neighborhood parks, present workshops to their peers and employ solutions through activating community organizing building awareness among other youth. The Greenagers also collaborate with other organizations and have participated in the Crissy Field Center backyard Bound Youth Summit, California Castal Clean-up Day. The Greenagers learn and participate in active outdoor recreational activities which reinforce the importance of park stewardship.
“The Port extends its heartfelt congratulations and appreciation to this year’s class of Greenagers, said Carol Bach, Port of San Francisco’s Environmental Affairs Manager. “We thank the Greenagers for their hard work at the Port’s Heron’s Head Park and the spirit of community service they’ve demonstrated in all of the endeavors as Greenagers.”
“We are proud to support Greenagers in their efforts to give youth opportunities to develop leadership skills while helping sustain the environment. We congratulate the Greenagers and their partners for bringing this exceptional opportunity to San Francisco youth.” said Tom Wilson, Director of Environmental Remediation for Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
One of the Greenagers, Vivian Chen, was born and raised in San Francisco and currently lives in the Bayview. She is excited to be a junior at Lincoln High School this school year especially learning about science and spending time with her friends. She plans on going to a four year college and become a pediatric nurse or a job that works with kids. John McLaren Park is one of her favorite parks where she enjoys walking around and the beautiful views of the Park.
“Being in the Greenagers program has made me become more confident and passionate about joining the sports teams and getting that perfect grade in school!” said Vivian Chen, Greenagers Class 2015.
“One way Greenagers has helped my goals is by helping to pay for college through the stipend and just teaching me more things which could help in school,” said Diego DiLallo, Greenager Class 2015. “And two qualities I can bring to Greenagers are my organization skills and I pay attention a lot which is something that can help.”
Diego DiLallo, another Greenager, was born in San Francisco. He currently lives in Visitation Valley and attends Gateway High School. His academic interests are math and science. The two things that he is most proud of is once he jumped into a freezing cold river up in McCloud and the second is that he had to present what was supposed to be a group presentation alone for about three hours this school year. His goals in life right now are to graduate from high school and get into a good collage. And his hobbies are visiting McLaren Park and looking around and another would be drawing. His favorite type of music is classic rock and he does not really have a favorite food because there is a lot of good food around so it’s a hard choice for him.
The goal of Greenagers is to provide workforce development opportunities within public sector including recreation and parks related work and support for high school students who are looking to become the next generation of leaders in stewarding San Francisco’s parks and natural areas. For more information about Greenagers or Youth Stewardship Program, please visit SF Rec and Park’s website at www.sfrecpark.org.