Engaging the Next Generation of Trail Stewards

Increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity

This webinar explores techniques to increase engagement of diverse youth in trail work.

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September 22, 2016

10:30 AM to 12:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:30 AM to 01:00 AM (Mountain Time)
12:30 PM to 02:00 AM (Central Time)
01:30 PM to 03:00 AM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers


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Webinar Outline

Key Learning Points — Engaging the next generation of trail stewards; increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity:

1. Learn techniques to increase engagement of diverse youth in attendees work

2. Identify methods to build trusting community partnerships with diverse groups

3. Increase understanding of partnering with conservation corps to increase impact

4. Gain an understanding of best practices in this work from successful case studies


The future of our public lands and waters depends on our ability connect young people to our natural landscapes and resources. These connections can have profound impact on a diverse generation of young people who will become the future leaders, advocates, and decision makers about public lands, trails, and resources. This webinar draw upon the experience on several organizations committed to this work to present strategies, lessons learned and best practices for engaging diverse communities of young people on our public lands and trails. The techniques and strategies will be informative to public, private, and volunteer trail groups searching for ways to increase participation of young adults in their organizations. The effort to increase diversity, inclusion and equity transcends across all organizations working in the trails and public lands arena; urban or rural, volunteer or professional, and experienced or novice.


Webinar Partners


Jeff Parker, Executive Director, Northwest Youth Corps

Jeff Parker is the Executive Director of Northwest Youth Corps, based in Eugene, Oregon. Started in 1984, NYC works throughout a 4 state area, serving over 1,000 diverse youth and young adults each year in outdoor conservation programs that combine education, community, leadership, empowerment, and challenge. NYC operates residential backcountry crews, community based corps programs, a fully accredited alternative high school, and a 2 acre organic farm. Each year, NYC crews and interns complete over 190,000 hours of conservation projects for public land management agencies, including trail construction and maintenance, invasive plant eradication, fuels reduction, and stream restoration. Jeff holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and an MS in Environmental Science from the Evergreen State College. He is a Co-Chair of the Public Lands Service Coalition Steering Committee, a Member of the Corps Network Board of Directors, and served as a member of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Federal Advisory Committee. He began his career in conservation work in 1994. He is the proud father of two boys and loves to call the wild places in the Pacific Northwest home.


Angelou Ezeilo, CEO, Greening Youth Foundation

Angelou Ezeilo’s love for the environment stretches far back to when she was a little girl who had the chance to escape the dense urban streets of Jersey City to summer in upstate New York. After a brief stint of practicing law, it was through her work as a Legal Specialist for the New Jersey State Agriculture and Development Committee that Angelou embarked upon a career as an environmentalist. Angelou further honed her skills as a Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in both its New Jersey and Georgia offices. In her position, Angelou acquired land for preservation and worked on the New York/New Jersey Highlands Program, Parks for People-Newark, the New York/New Jersey Harbor Program in New Jersey, the Atlanta Beltline and the 20 County Regional Greenspace Initiative in Georgia. While at TPL, Angelou realized the disconnect between the land that was being preserved and the education of people about that preservation—particularly as it related to our next generation. This was the impetus for the Greening Youth Foundation. Under her leadership the Foundation has taken up the charge of providing environmental access to underserved children and young adults through its Public School Initiative and Youth Conservation Corps programs. Greening Youth Foundation provides its services throughout the country and in Ghana and Liberia. Angelou is a graduate of Spelman College, Georgia. She received her Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Florida, College of Law. Angelou lives in the city of Atlanta with her husband, two sons and dog, Nina.


Marie Walker, Chief Operating Officer, The Corps Network
Washington, DC

Marie Walker joined The Corps Network in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer. She previously served as the Director of Programs and Development for the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia (CCCWV). During her 15 years with CCCWV, Marie was involved in the development and implementation of several innovative programs, including the first Brownfields Job Training Program in West Virginia, and the Office of Surface Mining’s VISTA team, which provides leadership and community-building capacity to coal mining counties in eight Appalachian states. Marie also oversaw CCCWV Youth and Development department, which employs disadvantaged young people throughout West Virginia.

In 2013, as a member of CCCWV’s senior management team, Marie helped organize and managed the oversight of 352 service projects that occurred in the span of 5 as part of the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative. The projects took place in 9 southern West Virginia counties and on National Park Service property. Over 1,700 local volunteers participated, as well as over 30,000 Boy Scouts of America Troops from across the country, and 16 teams of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members. The Initiative generated over 319,000 service hours during the 5 day period.

Marie has served on the board of directors for several organizations, including NASCC (National Association of Service and Conservation Corps); WV Development HUB; Harpers Ferry Job Center Community Council; American Cancer Society; and Main Street Martinsburg. She currently serves as a board member for OSM/VISTA Teams, and as a member of the Service Year Advisory Committee. Marie holds bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology, as well as MPA in Public Administration. She studied at Concord University, Old Dominion University, and West Virginia University. Go Mountain Lions, Monarchs, and Mountaineers!

In her spare time, Marie enjoys playing nine holes of golf, listening to great jazz music, and watching college football.


Chas Robles, Program Director

Chas Robles joined SCC in April 2012, after 5 years of leading crews and programs for the SCA and RMYC, based in Steamboat Springs, CO. Chas found his way to the corps world after graduating from the University of Florida. He spent the first year of corps work in the Mojave Desert, working to restore fragile ecosystems. The desert drew him in, and he spent the next 2 and a half years as a leader for the SCA’s Desert Restoration Corps. Chas began working with the Ancestral Lands program in 2012 and has found his passion working with Native American communities across the American Southwest and beyond. One of his greatest accomplishments has been to assist in the development and growth of the program to positively impact hundreds of Native youth and young adults. Outside of work, Chas can be found scaling tall rock faces, falling off his mountain bike, tying his fly fishing line into knots, or just generally enjoying the out-of-doors with his trusty mutt, Zia.


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