OAKLAND -- Teenagers from the Ira Jinkins Recreation Center in East Oakland are participating in the East Bay Regional Park District Teen Eco-Action Week summer program to learn about the natural environment through service learning opportunities in their community parks.

The teens travel to a variety of East Bay Regional Park locations for daily restoration projects and fun-filled outdoor adventure activities.

The weeklong program also focuses on different job skills and introduces then to the different careers in the parks district.

Akin Lee, 20, an alum from the 2011 program, is now working as a Recreation Leader II for the East Bay Regional Parks.

John Dillard, 17, left, and Tyra Foster, 14, practice their rowing technique as they get used to the canoe in the estuary shortly after launching off the
John Dillard, 17, left, and Tyra Foster, 14, practice their rowing technique as they get used to the canoe in the estuary shortly after launching off the docks at the Tidewater Aquatic Center in Oakland on July 7, 2014, on the first day of the Teen Eco-Action Week summer program with the East Bay Regional Parks. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

"I get to do all the activities I love," which includes kayaking, canoeing, fishing and camping, Lee said, "but it is not about the paycheck, it is about giving back to my community."

Each teen that completes the entire five-day program will receive a $100 stipend.

-- Laura Oda



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