In honor of our 20th anniversary, our Board and staff are fundraising to support 20 Outdoor Outreach adventures! I’ve challenged myself to personally raise $300 to bring 150 youth on 20 adventure-based outings this fall, including mountain biking, rock climbing, surfing, environmental stewardship, and hiking.
The young people we serve at Outdoor Outreach are faced with challenges that disrupt their lives and prevent them from experiencing the same outdoor adventures that you and I have such easy access to. We connect participants to the outdoors to build resilience in the face of challenges, gain confidence in their ability to make a difference, and connect with supportive peers and mentors.
I need 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 this fall.
Thank you for your support!
Below is a bit more information about Outdoor Outreach!
At Outdoor Outreach, they know that the outdoors are a transformative place. Their programs use adventure-based programming to help participants create a narrative of resilience in the face of challenges and build confidence in their power to make a difference. 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.
Since 1999, Outdoor Outreach has connected more than 15,000 youth to the transformative power of the outdoors. In 2018 alone, their trained instructors--more than half of whom are OO program graduates themselves--led 1,738 youth in 450 adventure-based outings including mountain biking, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing, and camping. Program graduate Pedro, who experienced gang violence for the first time when he was just 5 years old, shared: “These opportunities brought me the hope, support, and strength I needed. It allowed me to escape the negativity, to heal and catch my breath. It taught me better ways of coping, and showed me that I could continue fighting for a better me.”