MGOYA “Get kids Moving”
Tour the Port of Los Angeles with Cynthia Ruiz, Deputy Executive Director
- External Relations
Los Angeles, CA. January 17th, 2013 ~ This Thursday (1.17), Medicines Global will be kicking off their 2013 Outdoor Youth Ambassador programs by taking 100 students from San Pedro High School on a private boat tour of the Los Angeles Harbor.Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassadors (MGOYA) programs work in collaboration with Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Police Department, in providing unique educational enrichment combined with wilderness experience programs for LA youth.
Cynthia Ruiz, Deputy Executive Director - External Relations for the Port of Los Angeles, invited the Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassadors to go on the educational and historical boat tour. Ruiz will be leading the students on a one-mile walk to the boat dock and joining the boat ride. Cynthia Ruiz is a Team Member and Mentor for the Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassadors. She was the Team Leader for the MGOYA Channel Islands National Park sea kayak adventure.
Ms. Ruiz, one of the most strategic women in the Los Angeles politics today, will be announcing, along with Janice and Johanna Belson, the co-directors of Medicines Global, the GoPro® photo contest called “GREEN ~ in the urban landscape”. The contest is meant to get kids to focus on the small aspects of nature that exist even in the midst of the inner city.
Throughout the year, the Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassadors will go on adventures to Joshua Tree National Park, Channel Islands National Park, Death Valley National Park, enjoy the local surf & stand up paddle board lessons, take rock climbing lessons, and go on camping trips to Yosemite National Park. The students will also be taken to the Annenberg Space for Photography to see the highest quality of photography to spark a love of pictures and build an awareness of how influential the medium can be. While in the wilderness, the Outdoor Ambassadors will be encouraged to take ‘nature photographs’ so as to bring home, to the city, the beauty and importance of preservation of nature to their friends, family and entire communities. Medicines Global plans to arrange a gallery exhibit for the work to honor the winners of the GoPro photo contest.
Climb Smart 2012
Friends of Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree National Park
MG Outdoor Youth Ambassadors encourage, educate & inspire their fellow students to experience wilderness activities and other creative activities. Medicines Global has the support of the principal, magnet coordinator and many teachers at San Pedro High School. San Pedro High School is the lucky beneficiary of the good work Medicines Global is engaged in during this academic year. With the encouragement of the Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, Johanna and Janice Belson, the co-directors of Medicines Global, are working to expand programs locally & nationally.
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About Medicines Global:
Since its inception, MGOYA has provided more than 1000 urban youths with outdoor adventures.Medicines Global activities have been supported by: Go Pro, Red Wing/VASQUE, adidas Outdoor, The North Face, KEEN Footwear Foundation, LEKI USA, Horny Toad, SMITH Optics, Mountain Hardwear Gives Back Foundation, Eagle Creek, GoLite, Isis, BodyGlide, Adventure Medical Kits, Napapijri, and BodyGlide along with other members of the Outdoor & Natural Food Industry.
Medicines Global (501c3), is dedicated to inspire all adventure travelers to give back to the places they visit by delivering basic first aid supplies to medical centers and remote community run health posts. Since 1999, 17 expeditions have taken medical supplies to Nepal, Mongolia, Tibet, Guatemala, India, Ecuador, Siberia, Sri Lanka and El Salvador. The Medicines Global team is seeking sponsorship for its fall 2013 Nepal Expedition as well as support for the continuation of MG’s global networking to adventure travelers and domestic efforts to “GET kids MOVING”.