Saturday, February 28, 2015




- Youth Summit Overnight

- San Francisco Camping experience 
- FREE FOOD!!!!! - including delicious s'mores
- Talent Show
- Free if you are in a Youth Program but if you are not, the entree fee is $15 with an opportunity to get a scholarship
- Workshop Topics: Technology and the outdoors
- Chance to go to Alcatraz, Fort Miley Ropes Course and participate in The Amazing Race Presidio style!

On behalf of the Backyard Bound Planning Team, it is our pleasure to invite you to participate in this year's fourth annual Backyard Bound summit for high school students! Backyard Bound is a chance for high school students to meet other youth from the San Francisco Bay Area. We will give you a great camping experience and we will have workshops that connect the aspects of freedom, technology, and the great outdoors. There is also going to be free catered food provided along with free baseball T's.


If you cannot afford the $15 registration please contact Carmen Chan, Youth Intern at for a scholarship.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I-YEL 2014-2015 Applications Up Now!


Click Here->I-YEL Application

Please share with any high school aged youth, you think would be interested in earning up to $240 month while learning how to become the next leaders of tomorrow. Check out the blog to see what types of activities I-YEL interns take part in.

Mission Statement:

I-YEL encourages, prepares, and challenges young people from diverse backgrounds to address environmental and social issues in their communities.

Youth receive support and training to implement community projects as well as to coordinate their own programs and activities.

Through leadership development, career exploration, and goal settingI-YEL interns acquire the skills necessary to be the teachers and leaders of today and the future.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2014 Summer Trip Whiskeytown

Hello future and past IYELERS, this year’s summer trip of 2014 with the IYEL crew was at Whiskeytown. Whiskeytown was definitely a very interesting place to visit. Why Whiskeytown you may ask? Whiskeytown is a beautiful National Park that includes a lake, waterfalls, hot temperatures and biodiversity. It is what some may say, the perfect place for a summer trip because of the opportunity people have to swim into the National Park’s lake with perfect temperatures for the summer. The team also got the chance to kayak at Whiskeytown lake with the whole group, this gave the team a chance to work together as pairs on one kayak boat shared with two IYELERS. 
The IYEL team focused on creating four fun and educational lesson plans for the trip that focused on freedom because of Memorial Day weekend and Whiskeytown’s history. The lesson plans were presented by the four groups throughout the summer trip to keep excitement and energy flowing. We also wanted our fellow IYELERS to appreciate their time at the beautiful National Park by learning more about it, and realizing how freedom is important to them today. One of our groups focused on Social-Freedom and the way they expressed how Social-Freedom is important to them is by introducing the topic to us at the top of a waterfall, where they talked and had us participate in a game that made us realize about the water advantages the U.S.A has vs. other countries like Chad.
The group that focused on Whiskeytown’s history presented their lesson plan to us by a really beautiful beach that was near our campsite. They had us learn all about the gold miners because a lot of them would visit this National Park before it was a National Park because of all the gold nuggets it included. They also had us work together as a team in the beginning like the gold miners did. We learned a lot of history about the national park from this group because they were reading off a lot of statements and they wanted us to figure out which statements were true and which statements were false. This way we actually got to learn a lot about the park by having a little fun at the same time.
Our last day at Whiskeytown, a different group did a lesson plan about being thankful about each other and why it’s important to be thankful for the people around us. This lesson plan included a props activity where everyone had a card with their names written on the card and everyone in the group wrote a prop or why they were thankful for that person. This lesson plan made us appreciate one another a lot more, and it made us a stronger team knowing that we are all thankful for each other.   
Our trip to Whiskeytown was definitely something we are all going to take away with us. We all learned a lot about the National Park and its history, and the importance of freedom to us today. But the most important part of this trip is that it made us a stronger team. We got the chance to spend a lot more time with each other and to appreciate each other’s company, and it also gave us a chance to reunite with some old familiar faces which are the IYEL alumni. We were very glad to have them around and spend some time with us so that they can share their wisdom with all of us.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pollution Palooza update!

Created and designed by Nathaniel Ng

We’re back with an update on our annual YEL Project, POLLUTION PALOOZA!

In the weeks leading up to our event, we've split our team into four committees: Planning, Outreach, Video, and Building team—each working hard to make this event one to remember.

The Planning Team has spent endless Saturdays figuring out the logistics, scheduling, and planning for our event. They've made countless revisions on our mission statement and schedule, making sure the day will run as smooth as possible.

The Outreach Team has contacted numerous people through phone calls and emails requesting donations and organizations to table at our event. They've also updated many of our social media profiles including the I-YEL Facebook page (which you should totally check out), as well as created the logo!

Video Team has been in charge of documenting our entire project; from deciding our topic and building our event, to the day of the actual race, they've captured it all on video.

And to put the actual race together, Building Team has gone out looking for supplies and is ready to get down and dirty making the blueprints come to life!

We will be hosting our event on May 10, 2014 (from 10am-3pm) at the Crissy Field Center, where participants can run an obstacle course addressing different forms of pollution including but not limited to: air, light, visual, and noise pollution. There will also be a Pollution Pavilion, where participants can learn more about the harmful effects of pollution, and how to take part in easy, day-to-day solutions!
We invite all of you to put on your sneakers, sweats, and come on down to participate in our fight against pollution!

Make sure you preregister for our event, and don't forget to fill out the waiver form! (18 and under waivers here) Drop-ins are welcome but forms must be signed to participate.

Hope to see you in a month!
The I-YEL team

P.S. Our event is completely FREE for all participants, and come back around 3 for a chance to win prizes!

Our Event Preview!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pollution Palooza - May 10, 2014

Save the date! - May 10, 2014
This year the Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL) is hosting a grand obstacle course for you and your friends to come enjoy the park space, and also to gain knowledge of the issues regarding pollution affecting the San Francisco Bay Area community.

I-YEL interns will be working intensely for five months on our event called Pollution Palooza – an all-out party! The obstacle course will be held at the grove located next to the Crissy Field Center.

We will also be capturing the event and documenting your experiences. 

For those who are not running, come hang out with our friendly interns! Stick around until the end, or come back, and test your luck in our raffle!

The Mission:

We, the Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL), a diverse group of high school urban youth are raising awareness of how pollution affects the San Francisco Bay Area with a grand obstacle course that will physically challenge and encourage community members to take action. By taking part in Pollution Palooza, we hope to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to share their voices and spread awareness of pollution’s consequences on the local environment and communities. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

2014 No Snow-Snow trip

      During the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, the Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders team (I-YEL) drove to Yosemite National Park for our annual snow trip. It was like a blast from the past. Our returnees had flashbacks to the previous year because there also was no snow! 

     We un-packed our bags and some interns explored the cabin while others prepared to lead their first lesson plans. Our first lesson plan of the trip was themed "New Year, New Goals," and we played a fun game of capture the flag. Afterwards, we had time to reflect on our past year and write a letter to ourselves about new goals we wanted to achieve in 2014. The next group challenged our minds through a Martin Luther King Jr./ Black History Month themed game of Jeopardy. The room was filled with many animal noises, which acted as a buzzer, as a result of the competitive I-YELers. After the intense and educational game of Jeopardy, we waited for our first nights meal, hamburgers and mac-n-cheese. After dinner, we participated in a star gazing activity led by the accompanying staffs, Guilder and Ilana, where we looked at the stars and told myths and scary stories.

      On Sunday, I-YELers woke up for an early and long drive to the Yosemite Visitor Center to get stamps for their national parks passports. We then took a short walk to lower Yosemite falls where the third lesson plan group taught us about the history of Yosemite through playing a modified version of Do You Want to Be a Millionaire. A little while later, the team took a short van ride to Curry Village, located inside Yosemite Valley, to go ice skating. We took a long van ride back to our cabin where our fourth and last lesson plan group prepared their activity. In the activity, we worked together to get across melting icebergs and were forced to jump over electric fences to get away from zombie bears. We also learned about how global warming is affecting the world, but specifically the polar bears. The rest of the night was spent bonding with other members and some interns played an interesting game of silent library.

  On the last day of the No Snow Trip the team woke up for breakfast and was able to clean up the cabin in under 45 minutes! The coordinators then led a props reflection activity where we gave each other appreciation for doing an outstanding job.



Backyard Bound will launch in T minus 3 months!

      This year, Backyard Bound youth summit will be held at the Rob Hill Campground on April 12, 2014. Prepare yourselves for amazing conversations to be made and the outdoor experiences to be shared!

In previous years hundreds of youth have assembled at the Rob Hill Campground, rain or shine, to enjoy each other's company and gain further knowledge about our environment.

Check out the past Backyard Bound videos here!

Please contact if you're interested in participating in this year's Backyard Bound

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The NEW 2013-14 I-YEL Team

Be prepared to be swept away by the new team of I-YEL interns. 
      After a long and vigorous application process, new interns and our new I-YEL manager have been welcomed to the Crissy Field Center.  A complete group of 22 diverse San Franciscan high school interns will be working together this year on creating, yet another, YEL project which will focus on spreading awareness of current social and environmental issues in our community.

     Following the traditional I-YEL calendar, we have already undergone our Parent Orientation and Overnight Orientation where new interns and parents are given the opportunity to establish a sense of community and trust with one another, as well as familiarize themselves with the center. With our new I-YEL manager, Jessica, on board there have seen some changes to our meeting formats. Every Wednesday and Saturday, I-YEL interns or Crissy Field Center staff lead a current issues presentation and discussion to gain further knowledge of this issue. In addition, the I-YEL team has attended the 2013 Brower Youth Awards, LEJ restoration in the Bayview Hunters Point district, Teens on Trails, and explored the Presidio during Saturdaym! 
Look out for more events we will be going to and hosting soon!

Backyard Bound 2013-14 Planning Summit

Backyard Bound is coming!

Every year, teens from around the Bay Area come together to develop outdoor activities and workshops in preparation for an annual event called Backyard Bound held at the Rob Hill Campground. 

Teens from as far as Palo Alto woke up and drove to San Francisco where they were engaged in outdoor activities similarly held at the former Backyard Bound events, but lead by Crissy Field Center staff. Grace, the Outdoor Specialist, lead an epic cook off and former IYEL Alum, a current NPS ranger, Maria Jose lead an intense Healthy Parks Healthy People boot camp workout and ended with a hike to nearby Inspiration Point. All in all, it pumped up their audience and got us excited to lead one too! After lunch, I-YEL members came straight from their ACT tests to join the summit team in an all-out discussion on the positives and negatives of last year's summit. The next day we woke up, jumped back into our seats, and started choosing the workshops we wanted to lead for next year around the concepts of environment, society, and community.

Friday, May 3, 2013



On the beautiful weekend of April 20-21, 2013, three I-YEL interns and various community groups hosted the second annual Backyard Bound youth summit. High school teens from all across the Bay Area— from as far as Martinez to as close to our local SFUSD high schools— came together to enjoy their local national park and discuss ways in which to engage their fellow youth to find a connection to the environment in their own way.

Saturday began with various workshops and outdoor experiences, from a discussion on gender roles in society to a ropes course at Lands End. Eight participants also traveled to our very own Crissy Field Center to use the cob oven in order to bake homemade pies and learn about local food. No matter which activity they chose, each of the 70+ participants spent their entire day outdoors.

Saturday evening concluded with a hefty meal catered by El Burrito Express and a campfire program as the sun set. Andy and Vincent, two members from the Ohlone tribe, plus the renowned GGNRA storyteller Ranger Fatima, kicked off the evening with multilingual stories. The first story featured ChocheƱo, the native Ohlone language, Spanish, English and Fatima’s infamous theater dramatics. The second story featured the use of a watermelon magically implanted with “rabbit poop,” or chocolate-covered raisins. The program continued with high-energy performances during our talent show and thoughtful reflections of the day in general.

Participants were greeted to sunshine early the next morning and prepared for the Sunday discussion. Topics include Habit vs. Hype, Taking Ownership and Your Community, Your Actions.  Participants brainstormed various ways to utilize social media to get youth and their families outside. For complete results of the discussion, stay tuned: an official report will be released in mid to late May.

The second annual Backyard Bound youth summit ended with a closing ceremony, which allowed participants to share their discussion results, and a banner signing.

Thank you to all our Backyard Bound participants! Check us out on Facebook at Please like our page!

Jenna Rose

Goldman Environmental Winners

On Saturday April 13, 2013 the I-YEL team had the opportunity to meet with the Goldman Environmental prize winners. These six individuals came from all over the world which you could say makes them Environmental celebrities.  As well, there were seven Iyelers who introduced and connected with each of the winners.  All of the winners inspired our youth and helped many of them start thinking about their legacy here at the Crissy Field Center.

The ceremony took place at the Crissy Field Center, where we waited for the arrival of our Environmentalist. When they arrived the six Iyelers had fifteen minutes to have a one-on-one conversation with them. At thiat time we had the chance to ask them question about their work and about the struggles that they went through to achieve their goal. As the ceremony started we all sat down in our gathering room and started with our speeches. Also, the winners had a few minutes to say some inspiring words to us after we introduced them to the audience.

After the ceremony we all went outside for a group picture and planted a tree that symbolized growth and progress for each of us.

-Laura Alvarez 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Script Reading 101

“It is not enough to be busy... The question is: what are we busy about?”
-Henry David Thoreau

Today was a very productive day for the I-YEL team. Before we got started with the day's activities, we were forced to make drastic changes to our calendar. Our play, name to be determined, was originally scheduled to be done and ready for presentation to the public in the middle of June. Due to the lack of time in everyone's schedule for this to be accomplished, we as a team agreed to push the performance dates back until the middle of July. With this move, we hope we can produce and perform one of the greatest youth led plays in the city. 

After the alternating decision was made, we did a script reading of our rough draft for our city awareness play with our director/playwright, Javier. After the reading, we gave feedback to the script team on their work and we are on the verge of creating some major improvements to the play. More character lines, more story line related scenes, more drama! Everyone on the team contributed on what they think would make the script better and no one's ideas were disregarded in anyway. 

Transitioning from lunch and a team builder led by Khari, the team split up into three teams to help support the play; the writers, the crew, and the admins. The writers continued to write the script and add more lines to all characters to give them more of a personality. The crew planned a video shoot to go along with the play and developed potential costumes for the characters. The admins worked on creating a title for the play, outreach and the budget. We felt like real business people; planning a lot of fun stuff for the public to enjoy while at the play. 

In a few weeks, we will have auditions for roles in the play and begin hitting the ground running with rehearsals. If I-YEL thought April was a busy month, May and June will be even busier! But we got this and I promise you, all of our hard work will pay off come July!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013


The results of lots of discussion and thinking:

            We started off the morning by playing a game lead by Sebastian, a 2nd year intern. The game we played was an improv game where we had partners and had to act out a scene on the spot, which were suggested from the whole IYEL team. The point of the game was to help us prepare for the actual play. In case we forget our lines and we are on stage, we could improv so everything would go smoothly!

            After playing the fun and helpful game we all sat down and started to brainstorm for the genre we wanted for our play. Everyone is curious about the results, right? Well, after lots of debating and voting, the IYEL team has decided to have… a love story themed play! Don’t worry, this is not just another love story, we are trying our best to make this different from the others. There were many other choices, (ex. Mystery, Action, etc.) but the team thought that a love story would fit best, and that we could incorporate the other genres within it.

            After a nice but short lunch in the gathering room, we all piled into the vans and headed to SOTA, the school of arts, to watch a performance by the school. We watched the play called 42ND STREET to help us think of ideas for our own play. The story line of the play is that a girl named Peggy Sawyer is nervous to audition for the 1993’s newest show, Pretty Lady, but finds out that she was too late to audition anyways. But eventually she gets into the show when director Julian Marsh says he needs one more girl in the show. On the opening night, Peggy accidently knocks over the main lead, Dorothy, and breaks her ankle. The chorus girls and Julian convince Peggy to become the new lead, with only 2 days to memorize all her lines and dances. At the end she does a fantastic job. All I could say was that the acting was BEAUTIFUL and I think IYEL could do even better! After watching the play we had a debrief on what we liked about the play and what elements we could use in our own. Then we were dismissed from SOTA! Tune in next time to see what we have in stored for you!   (=

                                      -Winnie Wong

Wednesday, February 20, 2013



What’s up you guys! Kathleen here! Over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend IYEL went on their yearly snow trip to Yosemite National Park! We started off the weekend by meeting at the center @ 7:45 AM, and things got kicked off by our wonderful coordinators Laura and Luciana with a game of musical chairs adding in our own little twist of course. Every time someone was not able to grab a chair they would have to share what they would hope would happen during the trip, and what they were afraid of. LaLu (short for Laura and Luciana) have been planning this trip for a couple of months with our supervisor Jie. Their goal was to come up with a trip where the whole team would be able to bond and create a new connection for the rest of the IYEL year. The entire team was separated in four different groups with different topics to focus on with the opportunity to come up with an activity that they would be able to lead during the trip. We got into our vans and after a long 4 hour drive we finally reached the cabin! We unpacked everything and got settled in, we then got right into our first group activity. 

The first activity was a cool jeopardy game led by DQ, Nairman, Yeyetsi, Ali, and Anny with questions about the Crissy Field Center, National Parks, and random ones. Then the dinner crew whipped up some of Sam’s Soup with of course Sam! The next day we woke up to wonderful breakfast set up by our breakfast crew, geared up and headed up to badger pass for the snow! We got set up with our gear and met up with our instructor and started skiing. For most of us it was our first time and it was so much fun! Racing against each other, and learning how to get back up after falling, we then had some lunch and had a very intense snow ball fight! After, we headed up farther up the hill and had another activity led by Sebastian, Bryee, Winnie, and Tommy, and I. The activity was about trusted each other, our activity involved a tarp, and a hit list type of game. A couple of us chose to go up all the way to the very top of the hill and we skied down! It was so fast I even got a battle scar! But I remember Anny another IYEL intern telling me “It is better to have come all the way up fall and go down the hill then to not have tried at all!” and boy was she right! After the hill we went back down to go check in our gear and headed back to the cabin made some dinner, and were lead into another activity about MLK and African American history by Jenna, Eric, Nathaniel, Silver. After that activity we were lead into another activity by JM, Sandy, Wilson, Jose, Marvin. We had words taped behind our backs and the IYELERS were competing against the CFC staff to see who could form the sentence the quickest working as a team! Then we all had some free time played some pool and taboo! The next morning we started to clean up the cabin with the time of I believe 30 minutes, that’s a new record! After LaLu lead us into a wonderful props activity at the end of the trip. We all said our goodbyes to the cabin and headed back to the city! All in all, it was a wonderful trip thanks to our coordinators, staff, and IYELERS for all participating! Until next time!

   - Kathleen says goodbye!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Purple Shirt Ceremony and YEL Project

“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” –NRA Chief

In December 22, 2012, Saturday before break, we were asked to reflect and analyze this quote in response to the recent Sandy Hooks shootings. This quote was said by the National Rifle Associations Chief in response to shooting. Is it right? Is it wrong? With 22 different opinionated voices, we each shared our own opinions to discuss how it made us feel.

            After a thoughtful check in, we moved onto selecting a project to tackle our newly decided issue. Throughout the week, we met on Wednesday to choose the issue out of the nine selected that we felt most passionate about. This was a very hard selection process with so many different wants and needs to be filled for this year’s project expectations, we decided on finding a consensus by ultimately choosing City Awareness as our overall theme. Now we must move onward! With the time to complete the project starting to tick away, we moved onto discussing and selecting a way to tackle this newly founded issue.

            This elimination round of possible projects was lead by Laura. She fantastically engaged us on a journey finding the most positive way we’d like to shed light on our YEL project issue of city awareness. First, we started off with multiple posters divided and spread across the Gathering Room. These posters contained the alphabet, and each one had about five letters each. The IYEL team would be split up and each group would be assigned to a poster in order to write a creative project that starts with the selected letters. For example, for the letter C we would respond with a project theme of a Carnival. We filled out the posters and only the one we were assigned to accordingly but with so many different ideas each group would be limited to only choosing two they felt most passionate about. When we regrouped we were all to advertise and explain our project to help others envision what we had thought of. As advertisements are, we were just as fun and engaging but also maintaining the thoughtfulness needed in a meeting!  

            After lunch, we had a faster process of deciding a project. The question constantly running through our heads was “Which one of the projects can be utilized most effectively?” Although we all petitioned for the project we thought of, we were asked to be empathetic and truly analyze what we should and could do for the transcending end product. Slowly, but surely we got through the process and reaching the verdict of hosting and creating a play for our 2013 YEL project.

            Continuing on after a short but pleasant break, we moved on to an annual tradition – the Purple Shirt Ceremony. It’s a ceremony which is dedicated to the interns of IYEL where the returning interns are to hand the first year interns their fresh new purple shirts. And thus, the bond was born! Concluding the day with our new intern profiles, go check them out! (:

-Nathaniel Ng

YEL Project Selection

 What do teens want most for Christmas?

 Over the course of two weeks, IYEL has solely focused on choosing a project issue and selecting a way of presenting this issue.

 Starting with the week before the Christmas break, we played Google Feud as our check-in, which is a game like Jeopardy. The I-YEL team was split into three groups, Cuties with Sebastian, Hanakwan-mas, and Fruit Cakes. Jie who was leading the activity, searched about the most popular Christmas gifts on Google. We, the participants, were to guess any random gift that may apply until a general category such as, iPhone which applies under and electronic or the Apple company product category. Did you know that most students want a computer for Christmas? This activity left me excited to play our annual game of White Elephant at the end of the day!

Skipping to the serious portion of the day, we started to jump into choosing our project issue lead by me, Nathaniel. The last Wednesday we met, we had brainstormed as a group the multiple issues that apply and effect to our Bay Area community focuses on an environmental or social aspect. Over the course of thirty minutes, we as a group swiftly listed and eliminated issues. At I-YEL, we respect that not every issue can be addressed, and those less popular were eliminated from our palettes. Toward the beginning, progress was slow. Soon after, we eliminated from an estimated 20 to 30 issues and voted down to nine we all felt relevance with. Those nine issues turned out to be Nutritious Eating, Animal Testing, City Awareness, Outdoor Avocation, Preserving the Ecosystem, Adding More Parks Into the Hood, Cleaner Water for Everyone, Animal Companionship, and Air Pollution.

After a quick lunch break, we all regrouped and split up into pairs. Each pair would research more about each issue and was given an hour and thirty minutes to do so. Filling out a chart, we were to find facts or statistics, relevance to our community, what our parks can do to help, how it applies to an environmental or social aspect, and possible projects. After researching the all nine topics, we grouped together in the Youth Room and presented in pairs each topic. This was the time to make these topics relevant, to make them personal. Tears were shed, stories were told. Even our Backyard Bound team members couldn’t help but to join in on the discussions. After heart felt and heard presentations, the I-YEL members were given time until the following Wednesday to better understand each topic and embrace that a compromise must be met by the end between all nine.

After a long day coming to an end, we all regrouped as we prepared for the ultimate Christmas gift exchange showdown. White elephant lead by Sam and Jie. Over the course of the two weeks before this glorious event everyone participating, UTB and I-YEL teams, brought in gifts worth $5-$15 dollars and that had no use to them but could have use to someone else. The gifts were kept a secret, wrapped in the deceiving gift wrap lied gifts that could have or couldn’t have been useful. The game was played by having each participant choose a ticket containing a number within an enigmatic hat, much like the hats that magicians use, and that number would select the order in which the participants would get to unravel the mysterious wonders. Having the lowest number, one, was considered having the best. Over the course of the game, participants are given the ability to either choose another gift out of the pile or steal another persons gift giving the person who got his/her gift stolen a choice to steal a separate gift apart from what was stolen originally or to choose again. A gift can inevitably be stolen up to three times, but after that it’s locked and the owner must keep it, forever. Towards the end of the game, after everyone had selected a random gift, the participant with the number one would have an option to steal another person’s gift or keep his/her gift thus ending the game. I originally stole and was the second owner of a large display of the map of the world, but by the end of the day I went home with a home made massage parlor of a used foot roller, back scratcher, back hitter, and an easy-make nestle hot chocolate with caramel. Perfect gift! I donated it to the center, so it’ll be in use. Thanks for the amazing gift!


-Nathaniel Ng

Friday, December 7, 2012

I-YEL Dives into a sailing adventure with the St.Francis yacht club!

What would you do if you had the chance to go to a yacht club and sail in the middle of the San Francisco Bay?

Well, that is what 9 IYEL-ers, and 3 Crissy Field Center staff did this past weekend.

We all arrived at the center on an early cold rainy Saturday hoping that we would have the chance to go sailing. We had some muffins and Jie led a check-in activity where we played a game. The concept of the game was to have the team stand on a tarp and to work as a team to grab a sharpie marker for every single IYELer because that was the only way to survive.

After that check-in we walked on over to the St. Francis Yacht Club. When we arrived we met our instructor and guide named Katie. We walked on up to our very own personal room, where there was coffee and orange juice prepared for us. Once we put down our belongings we were led on a tour of the club and we got to see “behind the scenes” of the club. We saw the Olympic medals from past sailors who were a part of the club.

After the tour we headed back into our room for a very informative introductory lesson about sailing!

We learned how to tie specific knots with the lines (what they are called in sailing). Once we learned 3 different type of knots, we raced each other to see who could do them the fastest! We also played other games where we got to test our skills from what we learned from the lesson! It got quite competitive and some participants got bruises, but at the end it was a lot of fun.

After that we had a beautiful deli buffet set out for us!

Once we were finished eating we met two other instructors named Adam and Steven and prepared for our sailing trip. Everyone looked warm and cozy and got ready to sail. Thankfully the rain cleared up just in time for us to sail!

We headed down to the boats and  were split into 3 boats! In the beginning it was quite scary knowing how the boats could capsize but in the end we knew we were safe! I was in a boat with with Renee, JM, and Silver. We all got the chance to steer. When we got back to the club we cleaned ourselves up a little and went back up to our room with hot chocolate and cookies prepared for us!

We had a little debrief, played a couple more games, thanked Katie and headed on back to the center! All in all it was a great experience as terrifying as it was in the beginning! Alright that’s it for today! Until next time!

This is Kathleen logging off!