Help staff the 2018 Allensworth + Alpaugh, California Work Based Learning (A+A WBL) Program!
The A+A WBL is a four-week summer program for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders from the underserved rural communities of Allensworth and Alpaugh located in the southwest corner of Tulare County, California. Allensworth and Alpaugh students live in communities where they cannot drink the water, with the result that 2017 students chose to research and develop projects relating to several aspects of groundwater. Please view their work HERE. The program began in 2016 with federal funding that enabled the program to continue in 2017 but will not be renewed for the 2018 or future A+A WBL programs. Key program partners (Tulare County Office of Education College & Career Readiness, Allensworth and Alpaugh Schools, Community Services Employment Training, and Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners) are working to secure long-term funding to make this program permanent. For the summer 2018 program, we have secured funding for student stipends, project materials, and field trips but must raise at least $12,000 for teacher and on-site coordinator salaries by May 31 in order to make the program happen this summer. Please help us raise these funds!
More information: The communities of Allensworth and Alpaugh are located in the valley floor portion of the Deer Creek riparian corridor (Tule River watershed,Tulare Lake Basin hydrologic region). Deer Creek is the only undammed stream remaining in the California Southern San Joaquin Valley and serves the full range of natural ecosystem functions that benefit humans and wildlife; the lakebed portion is a highly productive agricultural area with remnants of historical wetlands and upland landscapes. The communities of Allensworth and Alpaugh are located within seven miles of each other near ecosystem restoration and cultural treasures such as the Bureau of Land Management Atwell Island Project (which includes the Ton Tache wetlands and remnants of Native American Yokut heritage) and the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.
The 2018 A+A WBL Program will be located at the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park under the guidance of two teachers and a teacher/on-site coordinator (with your help in raising of $12,000 for their salaries). Students will split into working groups and design a research project involving a land, water, or air issue that their communities face. The teachers will lead field trips to unique locations relating to the research topic, as well as to Central Valley college campuses to explore educational and career opportunities relating to their work-place learning experiences. Upon program completion students will present their projects to their communities, “industry” professionals engaged to assist, and all involved in the facilitation of the A+A WBL.