SF Rec & Park to Host Graduation for Next Generation of Green Leaders

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with the Port of San Francisco, is hosting the 2016 Greenagers graduation, a youth program that educates the next generation of community leaders to raise awareness and promote civic engagement to build a greener environment for a sustainable ecological future. The graduation will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 30 at the EcoCenter in Heron’s Head Park.

“Greenagers are the leaders of their generation in building a sustainable future for our City and the globe at-large,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “We are thrilled to support youth in developing their leadership skills while preserving and enhancing our parks and natural spaces.”

Greenagers meet three Saturday mornings each month from June to January. The youth leaders work on restoration projects in McLaren and Heron’s Head Park on two of their scheduled Saturdays. On 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 community organizing and creating awareness among their peers. The Greenagers also collaborate with other organizations and have participated in the Crissy Field Center Backyard Bound Youth Summit in previous years, and have served as the official site captain for the California Coastal Clean-up Day at Heron’s Head Park for the last three years. The Greenagers participate in active outdoor activities which reinforce the importance of park stewardship — through this, they gain interpersonal skills to help them network and build their communities.

“The Port extends its heartfelt congratulations and appreciation to this year’s class of Greenagers,” said Monique Moyer, Port Executive Director. “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.”

The goal of the Greenager program is to provide workforce development opportunities within the public sector including recreation and park 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 & Park’s website at www.sfrecpark.org.

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