Youth Outside envisions that its programs will help serve as a pipeline for creating greater cultural relevancy in the outdoor field.

Outdoor Educators Institute

The Outdoor Educator’s Institute (OEI) is a three-month workforce and professional development program for 18-24 year-old Bay Area residents. OEI participants learn and practice a variety of skills necessary to become culturally competent outdoor leaders. In addition to receiving diversity, equity and inclusion training, OEI participants will be trained in wilderness backpacking, sea kayaking, ropes course facilitation, environmental education, conservation, group management and professional skills. OEI participants also receive guidance and connection with employment opportunities within the field upon completion of the program.

Rising Leaders Fellowship

Youth Outside’s Rising Leaders Fellowship is aimed at diverse, rising leaders who currently hold entry- to mid-level positions within outdoor education organizations and are also committed to effecting culture change within their own organization or the field as a whole. Youth Outside facilitates a series a workshops with these leaders designed to strengthen their capacity to effect change, and develop these skills in a safe, supportive network of like-minded individuals.

Cultural Relevancy Series

Youth Outside is facilitating a series of workshops for a select group of youth-serving, outdoor-focused organizations, forming a powerful and dynamic learning community that will fuel organizational change. These workshops are designed to help participating organizations build the capacity of the organizations’ leadership, staff, and board on cultural competency and diversity.

Outdoor Trips Fund

Youth Outside has helped provide funding for over 100,000 Bay Area youth to attend environmental field trips.

Training and Support

Our trainings focus on social and environmental justice. To achieve cultural relevancy, one really has to dig into the work of equity and inclusion. We can support organizations or individuals who are looking to further their understanding of cultural relevancy.