Your support will help us to develop new programs for schoolchildren and a transportation fund for schools in need. For the last year, the park has been working with teachers to develop a pilot training program. Our goal is to engage more school groups in visiting and learning.
The Visitor Center offers new opportunities for teachers to bring children of all ages to learn about the contributions made by grandparents and great-grandparents during the WWII Home Front era. Children also learn important stories about innovation and social changes that we now take for granted today. On Rosie Fridays, four of the original Rosies, who worked in a variety of wartime jobs, visit with children and other visitors to talk about what it was like when women entered the workforce in startling new ways and at a time when women’s jobs were highly restricted.
The "We Can Do It" attitude that pervades Home Front history inspires Richmond youth to new heights. Teens involved in Rosie's Girls learn to take on challenges similar to those women faced during WWII, learning welding, carpentry and more. Each summer these middle school girls, mostly from low-income families in Richmond, tackle a variety of new challenges through which they build inner strength along with job skills, explore their hopes and dreams, and expand horizons as they learn about unusual careers for women. Career options highlight a wide range of possibilities in the Bay Area ranging from mounted policewoman to engineer.
BUILDING STRONG GIRLS
Rosie's Girls is a national program designed to build self-esteem, leadership and physical confidence through an exploration of trades and non-traditional activities.
In 2016, our Rosie's Girls Summer Camp Program was honored by Public Lands Alliance with the Partnership Award for Outstanding Public Engagement. Read more about this honor, and about the work we do for young girls in Richmond, in our Member Spotlight.
Our Every Kid in a Park program provides thousands of fourth graders with a chance to learn important WWII and social change history, a healthy one mile hike on the Bay Trail, and an opportunity to understand the joy of the outdoors and the need to protect natural treasures like San Francisco Bay. Every child also receives a one year pass to visit any national park for free with their family. The Trust brings more than 1200 children from underserved classrooms to the park each year by providing funding for bus transportation. For many, it’s their only field trip.