The nonprofit organization Teens to Trails recently named Isabella Pardales ’21 as its first Alum Ambassador. In her ongoing role, Pardales will lead fundraising initiatives and social media remotely to support the nonprofit’s mission of establishing and supporting outing clubs at high schools throughout Maine.
“This organization expands opportunities for everyone, including kids who have never experienced rock climbing or hiking in Maine because of socioeconomic limitations. Every school should have an outing club, regardless of where they are,” says Pardales, a member of the Colleges’ Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Program.
Just one of more than 40,000 students impacted by Teens to Trails, Pardales joined the organization in high school and credits her experiences with the group for inspiring her to pursue environmental activism. She intends to double major in environmental studies and studio art, as well as pursue a minor in public policy.
“These adventures shaped what I study, what I do and who I am, so it is incredibly rewarding to give back to an organization that has made such a profound impact on my life,” Pardales says.
At the Colleges, Pardales is a lead Eco Rep and a member of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). She was one of several students to attend PLEN’s Women, Law and Legal Advocacy seminar in Washington, D.C. last fall.
Pardales says her work with PLEN and Teens to Trails are laying the groundwork for a career in environmental policy. “Environmental activism has played a foundational role in my life and I’m happy to do this kind of work because the world is worth protecting.”