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July 29, 2009

From The Streets To Yosemite

This is the time of year when kids in summer programs and scout groups converge on state and national parks. Mauricio Escobar is one of the people working to get kids in and teach them something about the outdoors. As he tells Janet Babin, he himself was transformed by such a program.

Mauricio grew up in war-ravaged El Salvador and South Central L.A. He says he lived life never thinking about his future because he had a hard enough time surviving day-to-day. He was 16 when he stumbled upon a summer program that took him out of L.A. and into the California wilderness. That experience, he says, is what finally gave him the ability to think about and plan for a better future.

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