THE S'MORE THE MERRIER

Join us on December 15th
for a joyful end-of-year gathering around the virtual campfire
celebrating Youth Outside’s incredible community!

ANNOUNCING
THE LIBERATED PATHS GRANTMAKING PROGRAM

Shifting resources to and building power with
Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color,
focused on Arizona, New Mexico, and the coasts of Oregon and Washington

WE CONDEMN ANTI-BLACK VIOLENCE
AND AMPLIFY CALLS FOR JUSTICE

Our statement of solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives

RISING LEADERS
FELLOWSHIP

Introducing our 2020 cohort

ANNOUNCING
OUR 2020 GRANTEES

Over 30 organizations funded

DONATE

Support our work to center racial equity in the environmental movement
and ensure that all youth have life-changing experiences in the outdoors

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Links to Strategic Programs page.

STRATEGIC PROGRAMS

Youth Outside builds organizational capacity and develops future leaders through the following three programs: the Outdoor Educators Institute, a four month-long professional and workforce development program for young adults from communities historically underrepresented in the outdoors narrative; the Rising Leaders Fellowship, which supports the professional development of diverse individuals in entry- to mid-level positions within youth-serving outdoor programs; and the Cultural Relevancy Series, a set of comprehensive workshops, paired with coaching, for organizations to strengthen their understanding and practice of cultural relevancy as it pertains to the outdoor field.

Links to Grantmaking page.

GRANTMAKING

Youth Outside invests in the following types of programs that connect youth with the outdoors: programs that provide “first encounters” with the outdoors, whether it be a trip to the ocean or Yosemite, or a first opportunity to sleep under the stars; programs that prioritize culturally relevant outdoor programming for underrepresented youth; and/or emerging stewardship and conservation programs at community-based organizations that work with underserved youth.

Links to Field Leadership page.

FIELD LEADERSHIP

Youth Outside embraces its leadership role in the field of youth outdoor education and programming. We continue to convene the field around critical issues like cultural relevancy, the link between health and outdoor access, as well as building the next generation of environmental stewards. We are measuring grantee programs as well as our own programs and widely sharing our findings with the field. Youth Outside also bridges gaps across sectors to form innovative partnerships which result in increased impact.

“WE NEED HOURS OF AIMLESS WANDERING OR SPATES OF TIME SITTING ON PARK BENCHES OBSERVING THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF ANTS AND THE CANOPY OF TREETOPS.” – MAYA ANGELOU

Our Mission

Youth Outside advances racial justice and equity in the outdoor and environmental movement. We shift resources to, build power with, and center the voices and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color because the health of current and future generations demands it.

Our Vision

We envision a just world where Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color experience safety, health, and abundant joy through meaningful relationships with one another and the outdoors.

Core Values

Racial Justice: We prioritize creating access and leadership opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in order to remedy their historic and systemic exclusion from the outdoor movement. We strive to ensure that equitable access to nature, professional opportunities in the environmental sector, and healthy and fulfilling lives can be achieved by all members of society.

Community: We recognize that our origins held youth-serving organizations as the primary beneficiaries of our grantmaking and that through that program, we were also aware of the broader communities we were supporting. In recognizing the importance of supporting whole communities and acknowledging the power of intergenerational engagement, we honor that youth are an integral part of their communities.

Inclusion: We create environments and opportunities that embrace difference and honor the whole person, so that they feel welcomed, valued, and supported to fully and authentically participate in the outdoors.

Courage: We boldly ignite momentum and rally support for racial justice and inclusion in the outdoors by asking hard questions, facilitating difficult conversations, and offering solutions needed to drive systems change across the field.

Relevancy: We listen to and learn from communities of color who are leading the fight for racial justice within the environmental sector so that we can remain relevant and effective using our own leadership role to address needs as they arise.

Radical Transformation: We focus on creating new pathways to transform the way communities interact with, appreciate, and care for the outdoors. Simultaneously, we insist that the outdoor movement rectify its history of exclusion and center racial justice in its everyday practices.

Authentic Relationships: We create and develop relationships rooted in trust and a shared vision of justice, equity, and inclusion. Our leadership role demands that we adapt to challenges with humility and flexibility, keeping lines of communication open, and making adjustments to achieve shared goals and to embrace opportunities.

Well-Being: We advocate for access to the benefits of the outdoors in order to increase the health and holistic wellness of all people and as part of a commitment to ensure the health of our world.

Help us connect youth with the outdoors today for a healthier California tomorrow.