About

Our Mission
We strive to ensure that the lived experience of all youth is honored as part of the outdoor experience. We provide grantmaking, capacity building, and training to promote healthy lives and inspire future champions of the planet.

Our Vision
We envision a day when all youth have equitable access to the positive benefits of meaningful outdoor experiences and the opportunity to be champions of our planet.

Our History
At Youth Outside, we’ve long worked to remove the barriers that have historically prevented communities from accessing meaningful experiences in nature and professional opportunities in the outdoor sector. We know that participating in outdoor programming offers those who have been most impacted by racial injustice a powerful source of healing and growth.

Youth Outside has reached an exciting time in our organization’s history. Against a backdrop of increased urgency around racial equity and broad shifts in public consciousness in support of dismantling systemic racism, the need and demand for our work is greater than ever. We are poised to keep growing our capacity-building and leadership development work and continue building experiences that will position emerging leaders of color to influence the field at large.