As part of NPCA’s strategic effort to expand our core of young advocates and volunteer base, NPCA’s LA field staff created the LA Young Leaders Council (YLC) to engage young people from urban areas, underserved neighborhoods, immigrant communities and communities of color.
The Council connects people to the outdoors that have historically been underrepresented in the outdoor recreation and conservation spaces. Members of the YLC are trained to be advocates, spokespersons and ambassadors for NPCA’s work in the LA area. They hone their advocacy skills through trainings through our Civic Voice Workshop, and then use their knowledge and voices to speak up for national parks by engaging with local, state and national lawmakers, as well as their own communities. They engage underrepresented groups through interactive outreach to build a stronger outdoor and conservation community in Southern California. The LA YLC brings people into their local parks and plants the seeds for others to become advocates for parks both near and far.