Target: Adrian Field, Park Section Supervisor of Greenagers
Goal: Show appreciation for the teenagers who are working to improve parks both aesthetically and ecologically in San Francisco
In order to unite San Francisco communities with a common cause, a program called Greenagers has developed for teens to get involved in civic engagement by improving parks, open spaces, and recreation centers. The teens work on both the looks and feel for both the animals that occupy these parks and the people that visit them. With their city-issued t-shirts, the teens trim trees, plant flowers, and gain leadership and teamwork skills. Teens can even choose a place in which to build their own community-based project, getting expertise from other youth organizations in a topic that most interests them. From workshops to networking to public speaking, the number of educational activities that are available for teens as Greenagers are endless.
After undergoing a rigorous application process, the teens work under the Recreation and Park Department’s watchful eye for nine months, receiving compensation for their dedication and collaborating with the Youth Stewardship Program. In return, the teens are able to bond with others that are passionate about benefiting the environment and are able to learn the value of hard work, while enhancing their appreciation for nature. Not only does the program provide an edge with college applications, but also the strength to become a voice in city politics and community activism.
Please praise this program that connects neighborhoods, encourages civic engagement, and leaves teens with a sense of responsibility for their environment.
Dear Mr. Field,
Thank you so much for your efforts to both beautify and restore the habitats of San Francisco’s parks. Greenagers is truly an admirable program that teaches teens how to become active in their communities and hopefully will create lasting effects that shape both the teens’ minds and the parks, open spaces, and recreation centers themselves. The mentorship that Greenagers provides can mold leaders for the future and provide homes for animals that had their habitats taken from them.
Please continue to urge teens to create communities that are available for everyone to enjoy. Ideally, the program can expand to other cities and impact individual abilities to interact with others and to involve others in civic and community engagement. Thank you once again for the hard work and innovation required to run Greenagers.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: SF Rec and Park