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Monterey Bay Issue Name: Multicultural Outreach - MERITO
This program, while developed, has not been fully implemented. Currently, California State Parks, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the MBNMS have teamed up to launch a first stage pilot program for the site-based outreach component. Multicultural outreach strategies specifically for the MBNMS will focus on implementing the MERITO plan and incorporating MERITO into the management plan.
The long-term goal of this action plan will be full implementation of all three main components of the MERITO plan, as well as integration of the program into the overall MBNMS education plan. The Spanish language component is the first of a series of multicultural education and outreach plans that will eventually target other diverse communities. Ultimately, MERITO will be exported to other sanctuaries as a model multicultural education and outreach program.
Implementation of the existing MERITO framework will result in the development and delivery of Spanish language bilingual outreach programs, materials, and products addressing why ocean protection is a role all coastal citizens share, and how Latino families take action in their own lives to protect coastal and watershed areas. Delivery will occur through field trips and classroom outreach for K-12 schools, training and resources for youth leaders of after school programs, internships and scholarships for Latino college students, professional development for Latino-serving teachers, and special events and projects for migrant families.
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