Urban Trailblazers

Helping youth, 11-14, to become R.I.C.H. (Respect, Integrity, Courage & Humility) through national park adventures and service to their community since 2006!


A large group of cheerful teenagers excitingly cheer at Rob Hill Campground in the Presidio of San Francisco

Respect, integrity, courage, and humility. These are values and themes that Urban Trailblazers (UTB) take on as they learn about social and environmental justice issues through exploration and service

Urban Trailblazers (UTB) is a youth leadership program designed for middle school-age youth that welcomes culturally and economically diverse students from San Francisco public schools to experience their national parks.

We believe and know that the Summer Urban Trailblazer Program is an important program for the Middle School students in our community. We plan to have two sessions this summer and will be serving 12 students per session. Each session will be in person and 3 weeks long which includes 1 mandatory overnight at Rob Hill Campsite.

UTB summer 2021 is planned to be in person and follows the SF Department of Public Health guidance for out of school programming. Due to the on-going COVID pandemic, disruptions may occur and it may be necessary to shift programming. We will be in regular communication with families and will lead programming with youth safety and well-being as a top priority.

Question and information

  • Complete Application by April 23rd
  • Wait for confirmation 
  • Set up interview date

Applications due by April 23rd

Interview Dates: April 24th & May 8th

May 11th: Participants will know if they have been accepted into the program. 

Youth will be placed in ONE session:

Session 1: June 7th - June 25th (Monday - Friday, 9:30am-3:00pm, with an overnight at Rob Hill Campground on June 9th-10th)

Session 2: July 12 - July 30th (Monday - Friday, 9:30am-3:00pm, with an overnight at Rob Hill Campground on July 15th-16th)

The program is 100% free for participants.

Participants will be awarded a $250.00 education stipend for full completion of program.

Q: How big are each group size?

A: Each group will be 12 students 3 adult educators.

Q: Where do I meet everyday for the program?

A: We will be starting off eavery day at 1199 East Beach, SF Ca. 94129. If there is a location change, we will give students 2-3 days notice in advance.

Q: When will I get my paycheck?

A: Your 250.00 stipend will take 2 weeks after the last day of program.

Q: Where can I see the program’s safety plan?

A: Please email stran@parksconservancy.org to request our safety plan for the UTB Program and for any other questions you may have about the program. 

Q: Is transportation provided during program?

A: No, we will mostly be on foot exploring the city and other parks.

That summer was one of the best summers ever. I had the opportunity to lead activities and do lesson plans on what I thought was important.

Laura Alvarez, Middle School Instructor

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