The "We Can Do It" attitude that pervades Home Front history inspires Richmond youth to new heights. Girls 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 teens, 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.
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.
Hometown Richmond engages teens of both sexes in a program supported by park staff and other local partners. Youth learn new skills and give back to the community through projects such as the Victory Garden they helped to build for a Richmond charter school last year. The garden now graces the play yard area of the historic Maritime Childcare Center, a park site. Youth also take part in a variety of urban "greening" projects, community benefit projects and more, assisting at public and park events like the Home Front festival in the fall. This program links Richmond's proud home front history, which included enormous migrations from the south to the shipyards, to the WWII-era spirit in which everyone pitched in to achieve a common good. This is "hands-on" history, part of our work to inspire youth today.
Every Kid in a Park
Over eighty fourth-graders from Peres Elementary joined us at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Park on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 to launch Richmond’s Every Kid in a Park initiative! These awesome students enjoyed a special field trip to the Visitor Center and Memorial, took a healthy walk along the San Francisco Bay Trail, and brought home a free Park pass admitting them- and their families- to any National Park site this year.
With Every Kid in a Park, The Trust and the Park are partnering with UC Berkeley, Groundwork Richmond, and West Contra Costa Unified School District to cover transportation and other costs so that every Richmond fourth-grade student can take a special field trip to the Park in 2016.