As a lawyer for kids in the foster care system, I see first hand how challenges such as poverty, homelessness, gang violence, mental health, family dysfunction, and drug abuse can lead to a feeling of hopelessness. Many at-risk kids don't have supportive role models or exposure to positive activities. But when they do, it can literally change the course of their lives forever.
Since 1999, Outdoor Outreach has connected more than 15,000 youth to the transformative power of the outdoors. Their trained instructors--more than half of whom are OO program graduates themselves--lead youth in adventure-based outings including mountain biking, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing, and camping. Outdoor Outreach uses adventure-based programming to build confidence in participants and create a narrative of resilience in the face of challenges. With every opportunity to get outside, the young people they serve have the chance to explore their world, discover their strengths, and connect with a community of supportive peers and mentors.
I believe so strongly in Outdoor Outreach's mission. This organziation is unique because, not only do they provide high quality adventure activities, but they also build relationships with the youth they serve by providing mentors, leadership opportunities, and enviromental advocacy.
With your help - now through September 27, Stand Together Foundation will MATCH every gift to this campaign. A gift of ANY amount will be doubled to help us to get young people from underserved communities outside.
Thank you for your support!