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

CENTERING RACIAL EQUITY
IN THE OUTDOOR MOVEMENT

2019 Impact Report

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Support our work to 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

Our Vision

Core Values

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