Every fall we kick off our intern youth programming. If you have visited, you might see us training new faces. Our youth programs offer environmental leadership experience for individuals in high school to early career! Our youth program participants split their time learning to engage with our visitors and learning habitat restoration practices. We hope that by the end of their time with us our young conservationists are ready to be ambassadors for Audubon!
In the next few weeks, you might see our interns helping maintain our habitat restoration sites, growing plants down in the Los Nogales Nursery, and engaging visitors during our programming.
- Audubon Youth Leaders complete an 80-hour program, they explore habitat restoration practices and how habitat restoration can help with Climate Change issues. Every September we open the application, students are selected in October and the program begins in November. The Audubon Youth Leaders program is a partnership with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, at the of the program participants graduate with a certification. We are excited to see what this new cohort will teach u
- Academia Avance is a high school near the Audubon Center at Debs Park. The school exemplifies students’ success as academic and professional empowerment and community leadership. Each fall we partner with the school and host two interns. Our interns work on plant identification and bird identification, they also help us manage our office.
- HIRE LA focuses on preparing young adults for the 21st Century workforce. It is designed to provide a starter job for youth ages 14-24. HIRE LA is funded by multiple sources and used to provide work experience, as well as work skills development, financial literacy, career coaching and mentoring, and career exposure. We are lucky to have 2 interns working with us this year. Sam and Belen have been creating activities for our community events and helping care for our Monarch habitat.
- College for All Toro Dreamers in partnership with California Volunteers and the Office of the Governor, #CaliforniansForAll College Corps brings together college students across the states to address social needs in the community while promoting academic success, professional development, leadership development, and economic well-being. Maria and Kenia joined our team a few weeks back, they have been helping with our community science activities and staffing our welcome center.
- Pasadena City College has been helping us care for our plants down at the Los Nogales nursery, this year they have collected seed, processed seed, repotted plants, and will be adding plants in our pollinator garden.