Youth Outside’s programs provide both established and aspiring outdoor professionals with the skills necessary to transform the environmental field into a more equitable and culturally relevant sector. 

Outdoor Educators Institute

The Outdoor Educators Institute is a three-month workforce and professional development program for 18-24 year-old residents of the Bay Area and Central Valley. Participants learn to view outdoor leadership through the lenses of equity and cultural relevancy. Additionally, participants receive training in topics such as environmental education, group management, and outdoor activities such as sea kayaking and backpacking. Upon completion, graduates of the Outdoor Educators Institute receive guidance and connection to employment opportunities within the field.

Rising Leaders Fellowship

The Rising Leaders Fellowship supports the professional development of entry- to mid-level staff members at youth-serving outdoor programs. Specifically, Youth Outside targets individuals who are enthusiastic about connecting youth to the outdoors in culturally relevant and inclusive ways by effecting culture change within their organizations. The Rising Leaders Fellowship builds professional capacity while creating a supportive network of like-minded leaders through a project-based cohort series that focuses on social justice and equity in the outdoors.

Cultural Relevancy Series

The Cultural Relevancy Series consists of a series of workshops designed for decision-makers at youth-serving, outdoor-focused organizations. These leaders form a powerful and dynamic learning community responsible for driving transformative change at their respective organizations. The workshops are designed to help participating organizations build the capacity of the organizations’ leadership, staff, and board on cultural relevancy and equity.

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.

Outdoor Trips Fund

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