Students from surrounding middle schools and high schools are encouraged to attend Pacoima Beautiful's youth group. Youth United Towards Environmental Protection (YUTEP) is a group of students from 12 to 17 years of age that meet once a week at Pacoima Beautiful.
These students take an active role in their community by learning about their environment and becoming empowered with knowledge not only on current issues the community is facing but how to bring about change in the community.
YUTEP currently works with Green Team at San Fernando High School, Arleta Eco League and POLY Environmental Club at John H. Francis Polytechnic Senior High School. YUTEP will expand to three schools and include clubs like the Sun Valley Environmental Club, CCLA Imagine Green and Sylmar Environmental.
David Diaz, Youth Organizer at Pacoima Beautiful, leads the YUTEP program. A recent graduate from CSUN with a degree in environmental and occupational health with a minor in GIS, David has a deep passion for environmental research and community engagement. David is passionate about engaging youth in policy and creating programming that will help develop young leaders.
Interested in joining YUTEP? Join our Slack channel for updates and meeting times.