Coronado Heights KidsCorridor
The KidsCorridors in Coronado Heights neighborhood is part of a successful ongoing relationship with the Coronado Heights neighborhood, community liaison, Bernadette Jilka, Southwest Conservation Corps, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and funding from the Wallace Research Foundation, ProNeighborhoods, and Kresge Art Foundation.
KidsCorridor partnerships work to establish urban routes through neighborhoods that are transformed by teens and adult leaders into attractive, naturally diverse, and functional pathways for kids, families, and wildlife. Funding from the Wallace Research Foundation is also being applied toward the development and implementation of a Community Action Toolkit which helps other neighborhoods implement their own sustainable Community Action Projects.
KidsCorridors hold value as living neighborhood classrooms and community causeways where neighbors, young and old, can interact with one another through nature, culture, and art. KidsCorridors become community assets where kids can walk or bike to school or where they can play, learn, or simply gather together in the neighborhood.
The design of KidsCorridors are inspired by the teens’ EcoProgram experiences in urban neighborhoods and wildenvironments throughout the Sonoran Desert. These projects involve teen participants as community leaders and unites them with community members of all ages—very young children, college students, adult professionals and volunteers, and other interested community members.
The ITE youth EcoPrograms, GreenLots, and KidsCorridor offer opportunities for youth, and their families, to enhance their physical fitness, learn about nutrition, contribute to community improvements, and connect with the natural world.