SF Rec and Park to Host Graduation for Next Generation of Green Leaders
SF Rec and Park’s First Greenagers Graduation on Saturday
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in partnership with SF Port will be hosting the first graduation for Greenagers, a youth program to educate the next generation of community leader and build a greener environment for a sustainable ecological future. Greenagers, 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. Greenagers kicked off its first class in Spring 2012. The graduation with Greenagers presentation will begin at 10:00AM on Saturday, January 12 at the EcoCenter located in Heron’s Head Park.
“SF Rec and Park’s mission is to foster in youth the understanding of their important role in helping to build healthy natural environment,” said, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We are excited to host Greenagers’ first graduation and celebrate our future green leaders.”
“The Port is delighted to honor this first group of Greenagers, which emerges from the partnership between the Port and Recreation and Parks’ Youth Stewardship Program. The Port and SF Rec and Park’s hope was to promote youth involvement and community focus on our wonderful parks in the Southeast, and the Greenagers certainly fulfill that wish,” said Carol Bach, SF Port’s Environmental Affairs Manager. “We look forward to continuing our work together and seeing our Greenagers go on to be ambassadors for parks in their communities.”
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 natural problems associated with their neighborhood parks, and present workshops to their peers about their challenges and discuss solutions through activating community organizing building awareness among other youth. The Greenagers also collaborate with other organizations such as Literacy for Environmental Justice and the Crissy Field Center to learn and participate outdoor recreational activities which reinforce the importance of park stewardship.
The goal of Greenagers is to provide opportunities and support for high school students who are looking to become the leaders in stewarding San Francisco’s recreational and natural areas. For more information about Greenagers or Youth Stewardship Program, please visit SF Rec and Park’s website at www.sfrecpark.org .