Hello Valley Community!

This is Will Hubert, your new School-linked Programs Coordinator at the Community Center. I am here to tell you a little about myself and some of the new opportunities taking place this season. It is with excitement, curiosity, and humility that I step into this new role!

In my role as School-linked Programs Coordinator I’ll be managing our Internship Program for middle school students, as well as helping to integrate programs like Restorative Justice, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and student leadership on campus. Aside from  strengthening and continuing our Mountain Biking program, a major area of focus will be creating new outdoor education and adventure opportunities for our community, especially youth and seniors.

About me: Born and raised in San Rafael, California, I spent my youth exploring the hills, oceans and forests of Marin County. After graduating from San Rafael High School I ventured to Chico State University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education & Environmental Studies. While at Chico I led wilderness expeditions for the school’s outdoor adventure program. After graduating I explored all over Northern California working various jobs in the outdoor industry. My love for the outdoors and for working with young people eventually led me to a job in Colorado working as a Wilderness Therapy Guide for troubled teens and their families. I spent three years mentoring young people in the wilderness, facilitating social and emotional process groups, teaching outdoor survival skills, and learning about myself as a leader. After three years the Bay Area called me home. I returned to work as a mentor for a nonprofit agency in Oakland, California, that provides outdoor programming, mentorship and college access support to urban youth.

As I reflect on these experiences I am struck by an important cultural theme: Young people need loving, supportive adults in their lives and healthy peer relationships. Young people need meaningful new experiences that challenge them to grow, connect and discover their potential as humans. I see clearly that the Valley community already embodies these values and has for a very long time! I am here to be of service and help create an even healthier community.

Stay tuned for upcoming outdoor trips we are planning to launch this year! Some potential ideas include: sea kayaking on Tomales Bay, overnight backpacking trips, biking days, campfire cookouts and whitewater rafting.

Have an idea for a great trip or community outing? Let us know! You can contact me at whubert@sgvcc.org. Or, stop by the community center anytime. See you soon!