CHAPTER 4

Caring for the Community

The Evergreen Lodge, nestled in Yosemite National Park next to the glacial Hetch Hetchy valley, is a leader in environmental conservation. The company reuses 100 percent of its water, follows sustainable landscaping practices and sources from the local community. But what really sets Evergreen apart is its innovative youth program, designed to provide training, skills and work experience to “high potential” urban youth aged 18 to 24. Participants work and live at the lodge for about six months. During that time, they develop new skills, engage in an outdoor recreation program and receive the individualized training and counseling they need to overcome past issues and take the next steps towards their educational ...

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