SF Rec & Park’s Greenagers to Set Sail for Angel Island this Weekend

The trip encourages and engages teens on environmental leadership

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department’s Greenagers are setting sail for the San Francisco Bay this Saturday to learn about its ecosystem. The Greenagers will begin the day with a safety talk before disembarking from Rec & Park’s Marina Small Craft Harbor toward Angel Island. Along the way, Greenagers will study and learn about oysters — a small yet important component of the bay’s sustainability. Through this metaphor, Greenagers will ponder how they can make an impact in their own communities. This weekend’s event is done in partnership with the Blue Water Foundation.

The Greenagers program, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, offers teens from the southeast side of San Francisco a chance to play an important role in the community by improving the city’s green spaces and raising awareness. Greenagers work in various parks and open spaces throughout San Francisco, meet with various SF Rec & Park staff, community members and partners and create place-based projects with a focus on issues important to them. Greenagers meet and work with teens their own age, collaborate with other youth organizations and gain crucial skills in facilitating workshops, networking, public speaking, teamwork, environmental education, and community engagement.

“The Greenagers and their peers are our future environmental stewards. We’re going to rely heavily on them to protect and preserve our open spaces for generations to come.” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “I’m thankful for their commitment to becoming environmental leaders in the community and for sharing their knowledge with others.”

The Blue Water Foundation’s primary objective is to provide young people an opportunity to sail and build their skills.

“Through sailing, we give young people the experiences of teaching, leadership, trying new activities and an appreciation of the precious resource of the San Francisco Bay,” said Les Schlesinger who will captain this weekend’s voyage for Blue Water Foundation. “We’re thrilled to work with SF Rec & Park’s volunteer division who share our mission to provide youth a foundation for self confidence and a new perspective on the capabilities they already possess.”

Next month, the Greenagers will spearhead the cleanup at Heron’s Head Park as part of the Coastal Cleanup, a statewide cleanup (and California’s largest volunteer event). Rec & Park will also lead cleanups on the western edge of Golden Gate Park. To learn more about the event on September 17, visit: the Coastal Cleanup’s website.

To learn more about the Blue Water Foundation, visit: http://www.bluewaterfoundation.org/

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