YOUTH ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE
Five programs are creating the next generation of park supporters and conservationists by providing youth with a variety of wilderness experiences.
Our Youth Engagement Initiative introduces Grand Teton to a younger, more diverse audience and offers escalating educational and employment opportunities that keep participants actively involved in outdoor recreation as they begin to make lifestyle and career decisions.
WHAT WE DO
The Youth Conservation Program (YCP) is more than a summer job; it’s an action-packed educational opportunity that accomplishes much needed work in one of America’s most popular landscapes while helping participants develop a personal conservation ethic.
Historically, local Latino youth and their families have visited Grand Teton at much lower rates than other populations.
Tribal Youth Corps provides hands-on opportunities for native youth 14 to 18-years-old to connect to nature and cultural history through a four-week paid internship in Grand Teton.
NPS Academy introduces diverse college students to a range of career paths within the National Park Service through seminars, workshops, field trips, and recreational activities.
Grand Teton’s next tier of workforce and diversity programming provides ongoing career development to young professionals.
These individuals are interested in launching park-focused programming in their home cities. The program consists of a week-long career development summit in Grand Teton, mentoring, and steady support to help students work through their start-up challenges. In partnership with Groundwork USA, Teton Science Schools, and Grand Teton Association, Mountains to Main Street Urban Ambassador Program continues the ladder of professional development for diverse college students and helps bring national parks to cities across the country.