What is this letter about?
We are calling on California’s Assembly Committee on Budget to appropriate $5.3 million for desperately needed capital improvements to Camp Fresno in the Sierra National Forest.
How does it align with yli’s values?
Camp Fresno is a mountain getaway near Shaver Lake, which has been enjoyed by families and community groups for decades. It is currently closed due to the mounting costs of necessary facility upgrades and removal of numerous trees impacted in the massive statewide tree die-off.
Bringing students from local schools, underserved and underrepresented youth, and other marginalized communities to the camp is a major priority for the City of Fresno.
yli serves young people across Fresno County who come from underserved communities, many of whom qualify for free and reduced price school meals and who, without community programs through Camp Fresno, would not have the economic means to benefit from opportunities like this one. Moreover, this would provide an opportunity for young people to access the Sierra National Forest, which benefits their health and wellness, and, as evidence shows, builds resiliency.