Monday, September 20, 2021


Hello and welcome to the 2021-2022 I-YEL Application! 

Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders, I-YEL, is a PAID program that serves high school aged students in developing the sense of themselves, awareness of their communities, and how to relate to their natural environment. I-YEL is in its 20th year of supporting youth explore environmental and social justice issues relating to their community, participate in community service projects, and plan events for other youth across the bay. I-YEL is a program of the Crissy Field Center which helps build leadership opportunities for diverse youth to become bold leaders for thriving parks, healthy communities and a more environmentally just society. I-YEL is committed to uplifting and being inclusive of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Queer, Trans, and Gender Non-binary folx and people with different abilities.  

Application deadline: 10/8/2021

Benefits & Pay:
  • I-YEL will be a paid opportunity - $310 a month
  • Free overnight camping or cabin trips to Yosemite, Point Reyes, and other National Parks
  • Free snacks at each meeting
  • Workforce development opportunities, college recommendations and letter or reference
  • Transportation support

I-YEL is for you if: 
  • You are interested in developing your voice as a leader, facilitator and co-creator 
  • You are interested in building meaningful relationships with youth across SFUSD 
  • You believe in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all 
  • You are interested in making a positive impact in your community 
  • You are interested in building skills and comfort in outdoor adventures 
  • You want to create engaging programs that explores the parks history, present and future 
  • You are dependable and accountable when working individually and within a team 
  • 9th-10th grade student  
  • Attend a SFUSD public school 
  • Able to show proof of COVID vaccination
  • Able to commit to Wednesday evening meetings (4:30-6:30) and three Saturdays a month (10 AM -3:30PM)
  • Able to maintain good academic standing in school 
  • Committed to fully participating and challenging yourself to grow


If you have any questions, please email Amy Tam, IYEL program manager, at or call 510-418-4744