SF Rec and Park to Host Graduation for Next Generation of Green Leaders
SF Rec and Park hosts 2014 Greenager Graduation
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in partnership with SF Port will be hosting the 2014 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 under the umbrella of the SF Rec and Park’s Youth Stewardship Program that provides free outdoor educational opportunities for youth to learn about environmental impact and natural areas. The graduation with Greenagers presentation will begin at 11:00AM on Saturday, January 18 at the EcoCenter located in Heron’s Head Park.
“SF Rec and Park’s mission is to support our youth to develop their leadership role in protecting and preserving our parks and natural space,” said, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “Greenagers are youth role models that can pave the new way on how we engage the next generation and build sustainable green space in our City.”
“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.”
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.
“Overall, I like living in San Francisco and enjoy spending time outdoors,” said Tess Williams, Greenager, Class 2014. “I hope I can contribute to Greenagerin a positive way.”
Tess Williams is 16 year-old and attends Mission High School, where she plays on the tennis and baskball teams. Her friends would say she has a good sense of humor and a good friend because she listens and tries to stay out of other people’s business. She likes to travel and speaks Spanish from attending Buena Vista and Hoover. Her grandfather was born in Spain, and during many summers growing up, she would travel to Spain to visit relatives.
“I am interested in Greenagers because I want to improve my leadership skills and I would like to meet new people outside of school,” said Doreen Pacini, Greenager, Class 2014. “I would like to improve the environment and parks so more people can enjoy them when they are outside.”
Doreen Pacini will be entering her junior year at the School of the Arts High School as a member of the Instrumental Music Program. Her interests are playing the flute at her school and being in the Girl Scouts. She enjoys working at her school’s farm where she volunteers every week. A few of her future goals are to graduate high school and college, and become a teacher.
The goal of Greenagers is to provide workforce development 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 . See attached for Greenagers Class 2014 bios.