Blog posts tagged Youth Development

    Developing Changemakers through Environmental Education

    “Before I had the opportunity to travel to Olympic National Park, I had begun to feel discouraged about the impact I really could make in the world. Through NatureBridge, and in particular because of my educators, I gained the confidence to speak up about what I wanted to do with my life. By gaining a stronger relationship with nature and discovering a deeper part of myself, I now see the influence of my actions and the amount of power that I have in creating change.”

    Join the Chorus: Uniting Voices for People and Nature

    If you’ve ever heard voices join in four-part harmony, you know that the beautiful, full sound produced is something special. A chorus of high and low voices joining together moves us to stop and listen, producing a sound more powerful than a solo voice, and richer than many voices singing in unison.

    Youth-focused Community and Citizen Science

    When do experiences with science lead young people to create change in their lives, landscapes, and communities? Consider this reflection from Rachel Anne Arias, a 12-year-old living in La Crescenta in Southern California:

    How Big City Mountaineers Works with Corporate Partners to Get Kids Outside

    Big City Mountaineers’ (BCM) weeklong wilderness expeditions and camps offer under-resourced teens opportunities to build critical life skills through the framework of the hands-on, in-person setting of the Great Outdoors. Trips are made up of a one-to-one ratio of teens to adults, so kids build relationships with adult mentors.

    Deepening Commitments: Working Toward Equity and Inclusion When Connecting Youth To The Outdoors

    As a trainer, facilitator and program officer at Youth Outside, I have the honor of building relationships with countless nonprofit organizations working tirelessly to accomplish their missions. Regularly, these organizations identify their desire to be more culturally relevant and regularly, people feel at a loss for how to take actionable steps for making cultural relevancy a reality in their organization.

    Bringing America Together to Forge Fresh Tracks

    What could possibly connect a timid young woman from Compton, California and an Arctic Youth Ambassador from the disappearing village of Shishmaref, Alaska?