Youth Outside CEO Kim Moore Bailey Co-Authors New Article, “The Urgent Need for Nature During and After COVID-19”

As an organization that centers racial equity in all of our work, we’re keenly aware of the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on communities of color. Due to systemic racism, and the particular ways it plays out in city planning and healthcare, among many other institutions, people of color are becoming infected with and dying … Read more

It’s the Little Things

Grow With Youth Outside

A few years ago, I asked my mother if she was surprised that I was engaged in this field. She said absolutely not… spending time outside had always been a part of my life. She loved being outside and, quite naturally, she passed this along to me and my sister.

She felt like the true planting of this seed of curiosity happened in our backyard one afternoon when I was around four years old. After pestering her for a cookie, I took it outside and immediately dropped it on our patio. From my position on the patio, I could see her face inside the house disappear and I thought, “I am in trouble.” Read more

Congrats Acta Non Verba!

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in Oakland and beyond by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming. Founded and led mainly by women of color from the surrounding neighborhood and larger community, ANV creates a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth, and families in East Oakland, California. ANV … Read more

Youth Outside grantee FoodWhat?! named 2019 California nonprofit of the year!

Youth Outside is thrilled to share this wonderful news from one of our grantee organizations, FoodWhat?! Our heartfelt congratulations to their entire team! – On June 5th, “Food, What?!” was honored as the California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Bill Monning for the 17th District. “Food, What?!” staff joined Senator Monning to celebrate this achievement … Read more

Oakland, “Just Green Enough” is Not Enough!

Last May, I welcomed advocates from all over the world to the Children & Nature Network’s International Conference which was held right here in Oakland. In my speech, I challenged the attendees to “radically imagine what our movement can be: intentionally more equitable and inclusive. Let’s recognize the relationships that all cultures have with the … Read more

A New “Outdoors” Chapter in Black History

Last month, we celebrated Black History Month. I believe that Black History Month happens every month for me as I think about the shoulders that I stand on to engage in the work at the intersection of racial equity, inclusion and the outdoors. As the “official” month of Black History was underway, I found myself … Read more

New Year: A Time to Cry Out

New Year: A Time to Cry Out

The calendar tells us it is a new year. With the simple act of turning the page on a calendar, we both become aware of the passage of time and pin hope to the newness of the time.   As I sit in my own personal reflection, I find myself thinking about the sermon that … Read more

#DifficultTerrain: When Little Changes Are Huge

#DifficultTerrain: When Little Changes Are Huge

A few weeks ago, we held our fall event which showcased young leaders in the environmental and outdoor fields (Irwin Perez, Sofia Pablo-Hoshino and Valerie Lee) who shared their personal stories about how connecting with nature early on shaped their career choices. Valerie Lee was one of our panelists. She participated in our Rising Leaders … Read more