I-YEL: Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders

Training High School Leaders Since 2001


A group of smiling teenagers poses together inside of a room.

Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL) is a high school leadership program for youth attending San Francisco public schools. Young adults learn the skills necessary to be stronger leaders in their community through project management, community involvement, and outdoor trips.

Since 2001, I-YEL has supported youth to expand their leadership skills, engage their voice in current social and environmental justice movements, and serve as an ambassador for their national parks. National parks are places where young people develop skills to create change in communities and society. When youth in the I-YEL program teach lesson plans, coordinate events, or recreate in their national park, they also explore social and environmental justice issues, serve as park ambassadors, and influence how parks support communities.

Applications for the 2019 I-YEL program will be available at the start of December. 

Contact Information for the I-YEL Program

High School Program Manager for the Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders program. 

Office: 415-561-7751
Fax: 415-561-7695
Email: GRamirez@ParksConservancy.org       

1199 E Beach
94129 San Francisco , CA

“3FM was a free food and free movies event that we planned. Our goal was to teach youth about the Buffalo Soldiers and tell them about Backyard Bound. It was pivotal in the personal improvement of lesson planning among the interns, and Backyard Bound would not have been as successful without it.”

Cameron Jo, 1st year I-YEL intern

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