Through the SAMO youth program, students learn about the National Park Service's mission, values, and operations. The program's mission is to recruit and introduce young people to environmental work opportunities with the National Park Service, providing a direct connection to potential future internships and jobs. Along with learning about careers, SAMO Youth are paid a salary to work in the summer with NPS rangers, assisting with trail clearing, habitat restoration, and other relevant park operations. This rigorous program is geared to students from the Greater Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, employing students for two consecutive summers. The experience provides students from diverse and often underserved communities the unique opportunity to foster an understanding, appreciation, and passion for the sublime natural beauty of the mountains and enviroment. Graduates of the program have gone on to work at ten different National Parks across the country.