Compton youth selected for Alaska ‘Fresh Tracks Leadership Expedition’
Five locals represent Compton in 'Fresh Tracks Leadership Expedition'; will embark on two-week adventure in August [caption id="attachment_7492" align="alignleft" width="224"] Elizabeth Randle[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7497" align="alignright" width="210"] Fred Sammons[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7491" align="alignright" width="201"] Cierra Gunderson[/caption] COMPTON – Five Compton young adults
Five locals represent Compton in ‘Fresh Tracks Leadership Expedition’; will embark on two-week adventure in August
COMPTON – Five Compton young adults have been selected for the first-ever Fresh Tracks Leadership Expedition, set to embark on a life-saving adventure this August. Compton YouthBuild graduates Stephanie Carrasco and Elizabeth Randle, Carson High School senior Cierra Gunderson, Aerospace Engineering college major Austin Huffman, and Buckley High School senior and Compton My Brother’s Keeper participant Jared Savage, will join 13 other young people, age 18-22 on a two-week experience that will blend cultural exchange, outdoor exploration, and workforce education.
Inspired by the Obama Administration’s commitment to connecting more young Americans to the outdoors, Fresh Tracks will bring together youth leaders from rural, indigenous, and urban communities for life-changing experiences that help them acquire skills to successfully enter the workforce, reach their full potential, and achieve their dreams.
“I’m looking forward to meeting more people from different places and coming home with a different mentality that will change my life forever,” said Stephanie Carrasco, from Compton. “I am also excited about finding out more about who I am as a leader.”
Fresh Tracks is a partnership between IslandWood, the Sierra Club, Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders, REI, the Campion Foundation, action sports retailer Zumiez, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is collaborating with the City of Compton and the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
The students chosen to participate in Fresh Tracks from Compton and Los Angeles were selected through the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge initiative in collaboration with the City.
“The City of Compton and our My Brother’s Keeper team is proud to partner with Fresh Tracks on developing, cultivating and displaying the leadership potential of Compton’s young adults,” said Compton Mayor Aja Brown. “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to expand their cultural understanding and make a real connection to the outdoors beyond the borders of Compton.”
The participants from Alaska are young adults from cities and communities throughout the state, including Anchorage, Arctic Village, Barrow, Chevak, Fairbanks, Rampart, and Shishmaref .
“I am very honored to be able to be part the Fresh Tracks program,” said James Chilcote of Arctic Village, Alaska. “For me it’s an opportunity to have a cross-cultural experience to build awareness about my home, to learn about issues in Compton, and to be a voice for my people.”
The Fresh Tracks program will occur in August, beginning with an immersion experience at Island Wood, a leading outdoor learning institution based near Seattle, WA. Both groups will then explore the ecological and cultural scapes of southern California.
The program will culminate in Alaska, where participants will engage in traditional Alaskan activities, group discussions, and an excursion to Denali National Park.