Students from surrounding middle schools and high schools are encouraged to attend Pacoima Beautiful's youth group. Youth United Towards Environmental Protection is a group of students from 12 to 17 years of age that meet once a week at Pacoima Beautiful. These students take an active role in their community by learning about their environment and becoming empowered with knowledge not only on current issues the community is facing but how to bring about change in the community.
Pacoima Beautiful also co-founded and co-facilitates four Environmental School Clubs:
- Arleta High School: Eco-League
- Cesar Chavez Learning Academies: Imagine Green
- Polytechnic High School: Environmental Club
- San Fernando High School: Science Club
These clubs meet once a week on campus, where students learn about environmental issues in their community and on campus, participate in civic engagement opportunities, plan Earth Day events on campus, learn from guest speakers, and are advocates for environmental and social justice on campus.
Pacoima Beautiful works with El Nido Family Source Center to provide tutoring for students from 6th-12th grade to help develop their study skills and excel in a classroom setting. Through our work with El Nido Family Source Center we have opened College Corner where we provide students support in applying to college, scholarships and financial aid.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Every summer Pacoima Beautiful hosts a summer program for middle school and high school students to provide environmental education and outdoor exploration opportunities. The focus changes from year to year, however, increasing youth awareness of environmental justice and health impacts of environmental burden in the Northeast San Fernando Valley is at the core of Summer Institute’s curriculum. In addition, the program exposes youth to various career opportunities in the environmental field.
The Jr. Field Rangers Program provides youth invaluable training on how to interact with visitors of the Angeles National Forest, knowledge of forest ecology, and how to convey information to first time and repeat visitors.The Jr. Field Rangers visit the forest every weekend during the summer months and restore four acres of land, two miles of streams and survey 100 forest visitors to gain insight on the effectiveness of awareness of land use ethics on National Forest recreation areas and learn how the visitor’s experience in the forest can be improved.
As a way to optimize students water awareness, every year, 10 Pacoima Beautiful youth travel to the Mono Lake Basin and spend a week with the Mono Lake Committee’s Outdoor Experiences Program where they learn about watersheds, aqueducts and ways that our decisions in Los Angeles negatively and positively impact ecosystems hundreds of miles away.
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