Park Youth Collaborative

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 to better impact youth.


Youth Advisory Council members celebrating a successful event

The Park Youth Collaborative (PYC) is engaging educators to create quality, accessible park experiences for youth throughout the Bay Area. Conceived through the partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Park Service and Presidio Trust, the PYC is connecting park-based organizations invested in youth development and education, developing shared resources that raise youth programs to new levels of scale and impact. To see a full list of PYC Partners, click here.

Our Vision for Youth

Park experiences improve the lives of young people, and the voices and efforts of young people improve the park. The vision of the PYC is that youth throughout the Bay Area — especially those from communities historically underrepresented in national parks — have increased access to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) so they can benefit from the park’s wide range of youth leadership and educational opportunities. Through PYC's work, we envision a future where diverse youth can find a sense of belonging and connection with the parks, hold a greater sense of self-value, and use their park experiences to accomplish their personal and professional goals in life.

OUR Work with Providers

To reach the vision for youth stated above, PYC's work focuses on building support for the GGNRA's community of educators. In doing so, the PYC is prioritizng projects that remove barriers for young people from historically-underserved communities, improve program relevancy and quality, and elevate youth voice and influence across the park. These priorities have led the PYC to adopt the following project values throughout its community of practice:

PYC's Project Values

PYC creates Shared Solutions to ensure that the park community continues to grow, both inside and out. Through Shared Solutions, PYC is strengthening the connection of youth-serving organizations in the park under the mission of serving more youth, better. Currently, we are doing this in two ways: finding solutions for transportation and access to park lands, and building digital infrastructure that allows current PYC partners to easily connect collaborate.

The Park Youth Collaborative (PYC) values Shared Learning as an important aspect of park-wide educator collaboration. By enabling all park educators to access high quality professional development for themselves and their teams, we ensure that all youth can find relevant, quality programming no matter where they are in the park. We encourage Shared Learning among our partners by hosting free professional development resources for all park educators in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including trainings, networking opportunities, and access to a teacher resource library complete with lesson plans and toolkits. 

The Park Youth Collaborative's (PYC) Shared Data work helps us better understand who the park is serving (and not serving!), so that we can use that data to improve and grow.

Youth should have agency over the opportunities that they participate in, and their feedback will create a park that is more welcoming, relevant, and impactful for future generations of park program participants. For this reason, PYC created the Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

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