Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara, Inc. and Los Padres ForestWatchDonate
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara (BGCSB) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible community members. Website: boysgirls.org
Los Padres ForestWatch protects wildlife, wilderness, and clean water throughout the Los Padres National Forest, the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and other public lands along California’s central coast for the benefit of our communities and future generations.Website: lpfw.org
Social Change Project:
The Condors Project – A Youth Leadership and Environmental Stewardship Program
Two leading nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara have come together to develop a new leadership and environmental stewardship program called, The Condors Project. The program connects 25-30 teens from the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara to the Los Padres National Forest. Through a series of educational hikes and camping trips, teens visit the most iconic places in our local forest, learn outdoor leadership skills, and gain a more significant understanding of what it means to be an active steward of the environment in order to preserve it for generations ahead.
Project Mission: To build a stronger environmental movement by introducing youth with the most need to the life-changing effects of nature, while providing them with new tools to be leaders in their communities, and future advocates of the Los Padres National Forest.
Project Vision: That all children in Santa Barbara regardless of race, gender, age, or socioeconomic background have the opportunity to build a meaningful connection with the Los Padres National Forest and can develop an appreciation for wild places at a young age.
“By participating in the programs at the Boys & Girls Club, I learned leadership skills and the power and enjoyment that come from truly serving the community. I work here to pass on that spirit of giving back.”
—- Jalen Roberson, Age 23, Teen Director