Surveying the Field: Outdoor Educators Institute

2018 OEI Evaluation


Our Success: A Year of Impact

2017 Annual Report



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Deepening Commitments:

Working Toward Equity and Inclusion When Connecting Youth to the Outdoors

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Strategic Programs

Youth Outside builds organizational capacity and develops future leaders through the following three programs: The Outdoor Educators Institute, a 4-month-long professional and workforce development program for young adults from diverse backgrounds; the Rising Leaders Fellowship, which supports the professional development of diverse, rising leaders; and then for organizations, we offer the Cultural Relevancy Series, a set of comprehensive workshops, paired with coaching.

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Youth Outside invests in the following types of programs that connect youth with the outdoors: Programs that provide "first encounters" with the outdoors, whether it be a trip to the ocean or Yosemite, or a first opportunity to sleep under the stars; programs that prioritize culturally relevant outdoor programming for underserved and underrepresented youth; and/or emerging stewardship and conservation programs at community-based organizations that work with underserved youth.

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Field Leadership

Youth Outside embraces its leadership role in the field of youth outdoor education and programming. We continue to convene the field around critical issues like cultural relevancy, the link between health and outdoor access, as well as building the next generation of environmental stewards. We are measuring grantee programs as well as our own programs and widely sharing our findings with the field. Youth Outside also bridge gaps across sectors to form innovative partnerships which result in increased impact.

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“We need hours of aimless wandering or spates of time sitting on park benches observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of treetops.” - Maya Angelou

Our Mission

We strive to ensure that the lived experience of all youth is honored as part of the outdoor experience. We provide grantmaking, capacity-building and training to promote healthy lives and inspire future champions of the planet. 

Our Vision

Our vision is for all youth to have the opportunity for meaningful experiences in nature.

Core Values

From our staff, to our board, to our grantees, we value diversity and strive to be inclusive.

We listen and learn so that we can remain relevant and effective, using our leadership role to address needs as they arise.

We expect more of our work, navigating new pathways to transform the way youth interact with, appreciate and care for the outdoors.

Our leadership role demands that we adapt with an open mind and heart, keeping lines of communication open, and making adjustments to achieve shared goals and to embrace opportunities.

We ignite momentum, attract resources, and rally support for a cause that demands attention and action.

We practice prudent stewardship of our financial resources and the resources of the planet, in order to serve future generations of youth and to honor the trust of our donors.

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