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  • Congratulations to Youth Outside’s Inaugural Cohort of Liberated Paths Grantees! (1/14/2021) - In August 2020, Youth Outside announced a bold vision for our new Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program: to build a more racially just and sustainable outdoor and environmental movement. We sought to support programs and organizations that cultivate and celebrate the contributions of Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color, and affirm the many experiences and identities ... Read more
  • Preview: Liberated Paths and our Vision for Racial Justice (1/8/2021) - This week served as yet another reminder of how deeply white supremacy is embedded in our country. The Capitol Hill insurrection on January 6th, 2021, is one more milestone in a long legacy of violence and inequity in the United States. As we all witnessed what felt like a new method to assert supremacy, it ... Read more
  • A Racial Equity Screen for Book Clubs (12/15/2020) - Choosing a book without putting some thought into the dimension of racial equity raises the possibility of causing harm. Depending on the choice we make, books can perpetuate unconscious bias as well as economic inequality. Our choices matter, and so do the books we select. The current moment, like so many moments, calls upon us to show solidarity in support of Black lives. Therefore, I invite you to ask these three questions when choosing your next book: Read more
  • Racial Equity Truthtellers: “If you don’t see me as Black, then you don’t see me.” (10/30/2020) - When it comes to conversations about racial equity, Kim Moore Bailey is more than comfortable – it’s her life’s work. Growing up as a child of Black NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) members, the CEO of Youth Outside has always celebrated her Blackness. “I’ve always been doing the work that I’m ... Read more
  • Racial Equity in Outdoor Science and Environmental Education: Re-Establishing the Field with Intention (7/31/2020) - What if we returned from this pandemic with a deep and profound commitment to a new way of being? What would it look like if, instead of this crisis making our work towards equity slower and less important, it became an opportunity for the field to work towards equity faster and make that work a higher priority? What if equity and inclusion were built into every fiber of our reimagined and reopened organizations, considered in every new initiative so that “pausing” is not possible as it is simply how we go about each day? Read more
  • Grow With Youth Outside It’s the Little Things (12/31/2019) - 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
  • Oakland, “Just Green Enough” is Not Enough! (5/15/2019) - 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 (3/27/2019) - 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 (1/10/2019) - 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 (12/1/2018) - 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