engaging youth in Santa Ana in outdoor exploration, environmental education and sustainability.
For almost two years, IRC has been collaborating with the non-profit community-based
organization in activities such as guided hikes, tours of the land and stewardship. Through these
activities, which are led by IRC and Delhi Center staff, the kids have the opportunity to gain
unique perspectives about their community.
The Delhi Center, which seeks to advance self-sufficiency through sustainable programs in
health, education, financial stability and community engagement, partnered with IRC to promote
its mission for their Adventures in Nature with Teens (ANT) program, funded by a Youth
Community Access Grant (Prop 64) that targets at-risk children and teens in underserved
communities. Over the past year, IRC has been hosting various activities involving the kids
connected with the Delhi Center.
opportunities and ways to develop new learning experiences for the youth. Recently, IRC and
the Delhi Center completed setting up a nursery at the center with the aim of providing a
connection between the urban space and the natural land. Now that the nursery is built, the
partners hope to grow native plants for restoration projects in the open space of Orange County.
The partnership between Irvine Ranch Conservancy and the Delhi Center has been highly
successful, with positive responses from the kids about the activities and opportunities. The IRC
staff find it fulfilling to teach and educate the youth on what they are passionate about. In the
future, IRC and the Delhi Center look forward to expanding their partnership and continuing to
empower youth in underserved communities in Orange County.
To stay updated on the future of this partnership and learn more about the Delhi Center, visit
IRConservancy.org or DelhiCenter.org. You can also follow the Landmarks on Facebook,
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