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.
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.
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 underrepresented in national parks, have increased access to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and benefit from the park’s wide range of youth leadership and educational opportunities.
To support its commitment to underrepresented youth, the PYC prioritizes the development of pathways supporting youth engagement and leadership in the park. This work involves increasing 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 the PYC to adopt the following initiatives: