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20NTC Session Proposal

Youth Voice and Design Thinking: Problem-Solving with Empathy and the Scientific Method


Are you curious to incorporate youth in leadership and in the decision-making process in your organization? Hear from an advisory council’s high school and college students about their experience facilitating focus groups and a Design Thinking meetup for youth. This event aimed to brainstorm and prototype apps and websites to further connect San Francisco Bay Area young people of color ages 14-26 to Golden Gate National Park opportunities and resources. Youth presenters will lead a sample Design Thinking activity you can bring back and apply these techniques to creatively solve problems. Attend and get inspired!

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to better engage your users in creating technological solutions to address their needs by using design thinking
  • Learn ways to engage youth in the decision making-process in your organization
  • Understand the importance of youth leadership and voice


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Sarah Hoang

Youth Leader

Park Youth Collaborative

Sarah is an alumnus to park programs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which started with a middle school internship in the Urban Trail Blazers leadership program. She is passionate about connecting youth to parks as well as promoting youth voice in communities across California. Her involvement has led to her becoming a youth leader in the Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders program and Park Youth Collaborative. Today, she is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S degree in Public Health at San Diego State University. She is excited to further impact her campus community through health and wellness to promote sustainable and equitable opportunities.

Lucky Lim

Environmental Education Mentorship (TEEM) Intern

NatureBridge Marin Headlands

Lucky is a high school senior from San Francisco who hopes to double major in Public Health and Economics. His involvement in multiple community youth leadership programs is what inspired him to want to pursue policy as a career. During his free time, he enjoys hikes in the parks and the newest Rap and R&B. Lucky is looking forward to continuing his park experience with PYC, providing and sharing youth perspectives in collaboration with park projects.

Lalee Simeso

High School Programs Coordinator

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Lalee was the coordinator for the Youth Advisory Council at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (GGNPC) where high-school and college members provided feedback to the process of building a national parks app. She is currently the high-school leadership program coordinator at GGNPC and is delighted to support young people to share their brilliance with the world. In her free time, Lalee is a student of plants, practices improv, and is an avid cyclist.

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March 13, 2019


3:15pm – 4:30pm



CFRE Credits

NFR - 1.25

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