Youth Outside envisions that its programs will help serve as a pipeline for creating greater cultural relevancy in the outdoor field.
The Outdoor Educator’s Institute (OEI) is a three-month workforce and professional development program for 18-27 year-old Bay Area residents. OEI participants learn and practice a variety of skills necessary to become culturally competent outdoor leaders. In addition to receiving diversity, equity and inclusion training, OEI participants will be trained in wilderness backpacking, sea kayaking, ropes course facilitation, environmental education, conservation, group management and professional skills. OEI participants also receive guidance and connection with employment opportunities within the field upon completion of the program.
Youth Outside's Rising Leaders Fellowship is aimed at diverse, rising leaders who currently hold mid to entry-level positions within outdoor education organizations and are also committed to affecting culture change within their own organization or the field as a whole. Youth Outside facilitates a series a workshops with these leaders designed to strengthen their capacity to affect change, and develop these skills in a safe, supportive network or like-minded individuals.
Youth Outside is facilitating a series of workshops for a select group of youth-serving, outdoor-focused organizations, forming a powerful and dynamic learning community that will fuel organizational change. These workshops are designed to help participating organizations build the capacity of the organizations' leadership, staff, and board on cultural competency and diversity.