Job Skills for High Schoolers





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Borrego Springs

Total Budget: $7,000

Areas of Focus: Basic education and literacy, Community economic development

Activity Type: Education: General

Summary: Borrego Springs students will have materials required for a NAI (National Association of Interpretation) high school class, especially funds for the NAI Registration, where they learn job skills in communication and interpretation.

Borrego Springs High Schoolers live in the middle of the expansive and highly visited Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and yet virtually none of our 100 high schoolers ever land jobs in the Park during or after high school. We have been woefully understaffed and underfunded, both the school district and the park, to pursue and develop programs that will enable our students to take advantage of the employment opportunities afforded by the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in the nation, and its related organizations.

The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) works with parks all over the world teaching folks the communication skills necessary to serve as Certified Interpretive Hosts and Guides. These job skills are highly desirable for employment in parks, museums, BLM, tourism destinations and the field of hospitality. Last school year, Borrego Springs High School offered for the first time ever in a US high school, an NAI class for 16 Juniors and Seniors complete with CIH and CIG Certificates. This highly successful class was taught by local Park Interpreters.

BSUSD will continue this class for the 20-21 school year. Funds are needed for project expenses such as teaching materials, supplies, test books, test fees, NAI Certification, transportation to various locations in Borrego Springs and books.

The high schoolers who took this class last year grew in self-confidence, knowledge of their surrounding Anza Borrego Desert State Park and in their communication skills. It was rewarding to see our otherwise quiet, reticent and extremely low-income young people find their voice and learn job skills that will benefit them for life whether in the field of geo-tourism, hospitality or any work requiring strong inter-personal/communication skills.

The Project Contact Person, Rotarian Martha Deichler, works as the School Community Liaison and she will be personally involved with the daily operation of the class.

Project Contact Person

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Borrego Springs

Primary Contact: Martha Deichler

Email: mdeichler@bsusd.net

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

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Borrego Springs (5340)









Project Supporting Documents

SKM Bank deposit form


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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Martha Deichler

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Martha Deichler

System Entry: Project signed by Martha Deichler.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Diane Johnson.


by Elana Levens-Craig

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by James Morrison

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.


by Martha Deichler

Currently 19 Borrego Springs High School juniors and seniors are enrolled in this NAI (National Association of Interpreters) Class and all have received their Certificate for Certified Interpreter Host. They are now working on their 2nd Certificate which is the CIG or Certified Interpreter Guide.

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