Earlier this month, the Fremont Teen Leadership Academy’s Youth Service Corps (YSC) participants successfully completed the summer 2017 program. YSC staff and participants spent a fun and meaningful summer servicing the community while learning the principles of project management, work ethic, leadership, team work, and character building.
Youth Service Corps is a summer program hosted by the Teen Leadership Academy for teens entering the 7th grade up through 12th grade. It is designed to provide our youth and teen population with opportunities to gain real life and work experience through civic engagement. The YSC consists of two three-week programs running from the last week in June through the first week in August.
This year, YSC staff and volunteers accomplished a myriad of projects under the direction of the City of Fremont’s Daniela Castro and the supervision of Alvaro Zambrano. Let’s take a look.
- Weeding and Litter Pick-Up at Stiver’s Entrance: YSC staff and volunteers pulled and discarded weeds between the creek and Aqua Adventure Waterpark, helped clean out trapped litter, and made the parking lot look fresh and clean.
- California Nursery Historical Park Cleanup: Over the past six weeks, YSC staff led groups at California Nursery Historical Park to assist in pulling out suckers and deep roots from behind the Nursery office and spreading wood chips along walking paths throughout the park as well as removing weeds adjacent to the President’s Cottage that was completely covered in weeds and bushes 3-4 feet high prior.
- Painting the Central Park Emergency Lanes Red: YSC staff led a small group to paint the curbs red throughout Central Park over the course of five weeks. Participants swept the parking lots to prepare for paint, which helped park visitors know where not to park.
- Look! for Safety Program: YSC worked with the City of Fremont’s Transportation Engineering Division for the Look! for Safety program. This program helps encourage pedestrians to be more careful and safe while crossing major streets in Fremont. YSC staff led a small group of five to six volunteers to paint “Look!” on major crosswalks throughout the city.
- Goose Poop Thursdays: YSC staff and participants picked up goose poop and litter every Thursday around the Central Park Pavilion in order to prepare for the Summer Concert Series.
- Litter Pick-Up in Neighboring Parks: Each Monday, groups visited Irvington, Los Cerritos, and Centerville parks to pick up litter and help Parks Maintenance workers clean up the barbecue areas after the weekend.
To learn more about the Teen Leadership Academy and other volunteer opportunities in Fremont, please visit our Volunteer page.