The Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) Program provides hands-on training and mentorship for Toronto youths. As Education Coordinator at LEAF, I, Lam Tran, am in charge of running and delivering this amazing program. But, not too long ago, I was lucky enough to be a program participant myself. At the time, I was full of hope, curiosity and a bit of anxiety. Little did I know, becoming a YUFL would turn out to be a defining moment in my life. Today, I want to share my story.
Young Urban Forest Leaders
On August 24, members of the Bloordale and Brockton communities gathered for an exciting tree tour starting from St. Clarens Street to MacGregor Park. The 2019 LEAF Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFLs) leading the tour consisted of Willow Cabral, Tamar Goldberg, Tua Hytonen, Samantha Quezada, Anton Stanley and Venu Wadehra. Each of the YUFLs, along with the community groups, spent the summer preparing for the event.
It was a muggy summer night on August 21st when a group of Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFLs) taught an eager group of residents from the Pocket neighbourhood in East York how to identify some of their local trees and about the important differences between native, non-native and invasive species.
This summer, 13 youths (ages 18 to 29), who are aspiring professionals in the field of urban forestry and arboriculture, are working with local community groups to help green two Toronto neighbourhoods and foster a sense of stewardship for urban trees!
This summer, young women took part in LEAF’s Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) program to learn about urban forestry. The program concluded with participants organizing a community event at a Toronto park. For the four of us, Laura, Denyse, Jenna and Karla, this event took place on Sunday, August 19th, at Guild Park. It was the first of the three YUFL events and an amazing success!