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!
Respect, integrity, courage, and humility. These are values and themes that Urban Trailblazers (UTB) take on as they explore social and environmental justice issues through media and art courses.
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, even traveling outside the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to iconic national parks like Lassen and Yosemite.
For 7 weeks each summer, youth discover and practice leadership through art, media, and science workshops.
In and out of the Golden Gate National Parks, UTB participants learn about service through community projects and volunteering. For many, the program is also first internship for the participants in which they earn up to $250 education award upon successful completion.
After the summer, youth have the opportunity to continue in the school year for the UTB Saturday program where they delve deeper into leadership roles and engage in youth-led service projects.