Compton youth leaders prepare to make Fresh Tracks for Alaska
City partnership with Fresh Tracks leadership excursions and several outdoors companies will bring together Alaskan, Compton youth leaders COMPTON – Local officials including Mayor Aja Brown, and Third District Councilmember Tana L. McCoy and a bevy of
City partnership with Fresh Tracks leadership excursions and several outdoors companies will bring together Alaskan, Compton youth leaders
COMPTON – Local officials including Mayor Aja Brown, and Third District Councilmember Tana L. McCoy and a bevy of community leaders and Compton youth leaders were on hand, May 4, at the Compton Creek for the official launch of the Fresh Tracks Leadership Expeditions program, which exposes youth leaders to other cultures and excursions outdoor, while helping them build critical leadership and workforce development skills.
Youth leaders here will be making tracks for the arctic, soon, for cultural exchange with their counterparts in Alaska. Fresh Tracks Leadership Expeditions, in partnership with the City of Compton, and outdoors companies, Island Wood, Sierra Club, Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders, REI, and action sports retailer Zumiez, are making the cultural exchange possible.
The program was inspired by the Obama’s Administration and its commitment to connecting young Americans to the outdoors in support of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, a federal initiative to address the lack of opportunity boys and young men of color face on a consistent basis.
To create a lifetime impact, Fresh Tracks provides participants with career exposure opportunities beginning with weeklong apprenticeships immediately following the Alaska expedition.
“We are thrilled to see this exciting new initiative launch that will not only expose a diverse group of young people to the transformative power of the great outdoors but will also open the doors to potential outdoor career and service pathways as well,” said Broderick Johnson, chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. “We commend this coalition of public and private sector partners that have answered the president’s call to make sure all young people, especially those traditionally underserved or underrepresented, have clear pathways to opportunity and success.”
Compton Mayor Aja Brown welcomed the Fresh Tracks program to the City in concert with the My Brother’s Keeper team in developing and cultivating the leadership potential of Compton’s youth.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for young people from Compton to expand their cultural understanding and make a real connection to the outdoors beyond the borders of Compton,” she said.
Compton is one of nearly 250 cities, towns, counties, and tribal nations that have accepted President Obama’s challenge and is executing a cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the development all young people. The students chosen to participate in Fresh Tracks from Compton are being tapped through Compton’s MBK Community Challenge initiative.
Fresh Tracks will commence in August 2016 beginning with an immersion experience at IslandWood, a leading outdoor organization based in Washington state. From there, participants in the program will explore the ecological and cultural landscapes of Southern California.
Fresh Tracks will culminate in Alaska where participants will engage in traditional arctic culture, including discussions about the implications of local climate change.
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