- Expedition: Mar 29 - Apr 3, 2015
- Generation Green Southern California Consortium
- Yosemite National Park: Hetch Hetchy
Students from Franklin High School and Academia Semillas del Pueblo Anahuacalmecac's Generation Green clubs came together and bonded on this six-day trip to Yosemite National Park. Right from the get go, it was hard to tell who was from which school because they were all so kind, helpful, inclusive, and considerate of one another, and willing to open up and share deeply with one another.
Along the way, the group participated in lessons on leadership, teambuilding, and comfort zones, created their own shelters (both modern and primitive), learned traditional uses for plants, discussed the meaning of wilderness, made fire using a bow drill, hiked to the top of LeConte Point, and spent time reflecting on the experience through art and journal writing.
April 1, 2015
Today was my first time going to the bathroom in the wilderness. To be honest, not as bad as it may seem. It’s relieving and relaxful. You also have no other choice, being out here for three days. It was one of my biggest fears and I overcame it. Now, there’s nothing stopping me from enjoying mother nature at her finest and making lifelong memories and friends. –Nick
April 2, 2015
Today we reached LeConte Point. Hiking up here was very tiring and it seemed everlasting. Reaching this point was a great achievement and gladly everyone made it here safe. Honestly, the view out here is amazing and I’m thankful I get to experience this. –Denesse I feel proud of all of us because we reached LeConte Point. The hiking and the rock scrambling were tiring but it was all worth it at the end. Up here, is a nice and beautiful view. This whole trip to Yosemite was amazing and I am sure going to miss the views here. I am glad I had the chance to come here and I wish I come again. –Mara
I Stand Firm
I stand firm like the redwood on a windy night like the oak tree standing tall during a thunderstorm. Like the pregnant mother in South Central refusing to stay with her abusive husband.
Like the youth in East LA refusing to be part of the gang culture.
I stand firm against the bane of politics which keep my community in chaos.
I stand firm to fight for the next generation to develop young environmental leaders.
For the next conduits of change to teach and to instill love for nature. –Rob, USFS Generation Green
Top quotes from the week:
- "Mile, mile and a half."
- "What's the probability, 1-10?"
- "Sick man."
- "Six stars!"