Heritage Nursery volunteering has impact on youth ambassadors
Volunteers from the Youth Ambassadors Program with South America (YAPSA) volunteered at the nursery Thursday, November 2nd. Their experience at the Heritage Nursery had an impact that went beyond the hours they spent on our site.
YAPSA is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by Amizade. This exchange program offers a unique opportunity for a diverse group of young people from Peru to travel, learn about another culture, develop leadership skills, and become empowered to make positive changes in their communities.
The YAPSA volunteers received a riverfront tour from Joe Stavish, our Community Education Coordinator, and learned about community forestry. Then, the students helped with various tasks around the Heritage Nursery, including seed processing and nursery winterization. The volunteers helped to move plants around the nursery site in preparation for a larger greenhouse.
After their four weeks in the U.S., the students are tasked with designing and implementing a Community Action Project upon return to Peru. As a result of spending time with Tree Pittsburgh, four of the youth ambassadors decided to focus their Community Action Projects on planting trees in their neighborhoods to enhance their communities, raise awareness about environmental issues, and inspire community members to practice environmental care!
We are so excited that time spent at the Heritage Nursery led to these four ambassadors creating projects to plant trees. Trees have economic, environmental, health, social, and political benefits that are sure to impact these ambassadors’ communities! You can learn more about the benefits of trees here.
We are so grateful to all of the volunteers who make our work possible. Our Heritage Nursery is closed for the winter, but will open to volunteer groups again in the spring. Watch our events calendar for more information on open volunteer days, or contact Heritage Nursery Manager Megan Higgins Palomo to schedule a volunteer day for your group. To learn more about the Heritage Nursery, visit the Heritage Nursery website.