What is PYC?

Poster made at a Youth Development training

Poster made at a Youth Development training

The Park Youth Collaborative (PYC) is a growing coalition whose mission is to broaden the reach and enhance the capacity of youth-serving organizations working within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and Presidio to support and engage youth. PYC emerged from a shared desire by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Park Service and Presidio Trust to develop a collaborative strategic plan that would enable their youth programs to reach new levels of scale and impact.

The vision of PYC is that youth throughout the Bay Area, especially those from communities underrepresented in national parks, have increased access to the GGNRA and benefit from the park's wide range of youth leadership and educational opportunities.

Group Photo of the PYC DEI Training Cohort

PYC DEI Training Cohort

Our Work

To support its commitment to underrepresented youth, PYC prioritizes the development of pathways supporting youth engagement in the park community over time, both in professional and programmatic settings. This work involves increasing park access for youth who have not been exposed to the parks and guiding the development of skill-building and leadership programs for youth who continue to return. These priorities have led PYC to adopt the following initiatives:

PYC Tri-agency staff take a hike during a disabilities workshop

PYC Tri-agency staff take a hike during a disabilities workshop

Initiatives

  • Online Portal Initiative – Currently in development, the Online Portal is a customized database and user web portal that will connect visitors with in-park experiences, help PYC deliver electronic resources and tools, increase digital connections to the park for youth, and provide staff with program data management tools.
  • Shared Measurement System Initiative – PYC developed programmatic Quality Standards, metrics, and assessment tools to support continuous program improvements and help all programs strive to meet a high bar in terms of design, delivery, and effectiveness.
  • Professional Development Initiative - To ensure program staff throughout the GGNRA are equipped to fulfill PYC's Quality Standards and better serve youth, PYC formed three Train-the-Trainer Cohorts focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, educational excellence, and youth development.
  • Transportation and Access Initiative - PYC completed a comprehensive study of transportation to and around the GGNRA & Presidio, with a primary focus on informing future park transportation improvement efforts and increasing access to in-park programming by underrepresented communities.

PYC Members - A Growing Coalition

In-Park Partners convening in person for the first time

In-Park Partners convening in person for the first time

In order to fully leverage PYC resources and increase youth access to the comprehensive set of opportunities throughout the park, PYC is expanding and engaging youth-serving organizations in the GGNRA as members. PYC members will be actively involved in decision-making processes, guiding the work of PYC initiatives and creating strategy regarding PYC's future sustainability. PYC is also implementing a Youth Advisory Council to provide young people in the parks with opportunities to participate in PYC work and a platform from which they can guide PYC activities ensuring relevancy and meaningful engagement with local communities.

PYC Staff

Staff seated at PYC Launch Day

Staff seated at PYC Launch Day

Director - Raenelle Tauro
rtauro@parksconservancy.org (415)-561-7774

Contact for inquiries related to:


  • PYC Membership and Governance
  • Online Portal Development
  • Fund Development

Program Manager - Jessica Chen
jessicachen@parksconservancy.org (415)-561-7766

Contact for inquiries related to:


  • The Initiatives (Online Portal, Shared Measurement, Transportation)
  • Professional Development Cohorts and Trainings
  • Youth Advisory Council

Project Assistant - Dennis Chang
dchang@parksconservancy.org (415)-561-7755

Contact for inquiries related to:


  • Communications Platforms (Media, Google Site, Newsletter)
  • General PYC Questions