Preview: Liberated Paths and our Vision for Racial Justice

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 is important that we remember that these moments are not new. They are not surprising. They are so deeply rooted in the narrative of the U.S. and continue to highlight the need to address racism and injustice in all aspects of life. This moment in time has strengthened Youth Outside’s commitment to ensuring that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led work is funded, amplified, and honored as a solution to white supremacy in the environmental sector. 

“Nothing happens in the ‘real’ world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.” 

– Gloria E. Anzaldua, author, educator, and activist

In a world riddled with inequities, Youth Outside is resolute as we near the announcement of our inaugural Liberated Paths grantee cohort. Our newest grantmaking program allows us to amplify, celebrate, and support critical work being led by Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color in the often white-dominated environmental field. In getting to know the inaugural grantees, Youth Outside has been humbled to meet so many leaders moving with intention, compassion, and powerful “images” for a more just and equitable outdoor movement.

Please join us on Thursday, January 14th, 2021, as we announce our inaugural Liberated Paths grantee cohort!