DOI / VISTA Team Projects

San Francisco Maritime National Park Association (SFMNPA)

Carlo Arreglo

DOI / VISTA: Carlo Arreglo
Supervisor: Lucien Sonder
Address: 2 Marina Boulevard, Fort Mason Center, Building E, San Francisco, California 94123
County: San Francisco
Voice Telephone: (415) 561-7177
Web site:
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Congressional District: 12
Bureau: National Park Service (NPS)


The mission of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is to bring maritime history to life for visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area. The Association supports San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park by providing programs for 10,000 school children with the Age of Sail education program, which gives a hands-on taste of sailor life. 


About the Surrounding Community

The park and association interact with four local schools through a variety of outreach programs where most students head straight home after school and spend little time outdoors.  60% of students are Asian, 38% Latino and Black, 2% White, and 65% qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches.  

Project Overview

DOI/VISTA Carlo Arreglo assists with several key park and community projects that directly address STEM-related skill development and positive experiences in the outdoors. Through direct interaction with Galileo Academy of Science and Technology and park staff, Carlo assists in curriculum development for classes that teach these at-risk high school students STEM education. He will assist with capacity building and volunteer mobilization throughout his service year. Carlo will develop opportunities for underserved populations, particularly at-risk youth, to engage in experiential outdoor learning on public lands.  These educational opportunities will raise awareness of the economic opportunity presented by continued study, employment, and careers in conservation related fields.

Specifically, he will enhance existing and develop new marine science programs with the Galileo Academy by measuring and evaluating success of existing programs (This will include, but is not limited to collecting and evaluating data on high school graduation rates, college acceptance rates, and job placement rates for high school participants in underwater resource education program). Carlo will work with park and Galileo Academy marine science staff to plan logistics, programming and curriculum to expand the fall/spring school program to include an afterschool and summer underwater marine science program. Other duties and responsibilities will include working with Galileo teachers and NPS staff to place kids in summer internships that can provide experience to make them competitive for employment with the NPS or other public or private agencies; offering instruction and coaching for students from both programs in the application process for internships, employment, scholarships, and college applications; and exploring the possibility of expanding marine science programming to other needy San Francisco schools, (this could include one-time field trip or multiple visit program during school year, summer, or after school.) as well as conducting research to determine which are the neediest schools, based on a variety of factors:  demographics, household income, drop-out rates, lack, of funding for buses or field trips, majority of kids receiving free or reduced cost lunches and public transportation subsidies, etc.

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