Apprenticeships in Sustainability Science and Engineering Design (ASCEND) is a service learning program designed to engage young people with innovative green technology and sustainable engineering projects, which can improve their prospects for jobs in the emerging green technology workforce.

By leveraging the resources of a university, museums, and alternative schools, ASCEND creates opportunities for the youth of Santa Cruz County to participate in structured projects based on real-world sustainability issues with an emphasis on creativity, science, and artistic expression. Digital narratives in the form of short documentary films produced as a result of this program bring awareness to people and organizations about current and future sustainable design projects in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. These films are displayed annually in October at the ASCEND Seeding Innovation showcase event.

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