Communities around protected areas in western Ecuador face an exodus of youth due to lack of job opportunities and environmental degradation. This double challenge makes it hard for families to earn a living through traditional agriculture that the region depends on. At the IAF, we support the expansion of economic opportunity through the protection of natural resources. Our grantee partner Asociación de Participación Social y Ecológica de Inspectores Honoríficos de Vida Silvestre (AIHVIS) trains local youth for jobs in environmental education and as park rangers. Through job training, establishing native tree nurseries, and environmental activities, AIHVIS is increasing community members’ employability, while promoting sustainable agriculture and natural resource management.