Outdoor Nation and the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, a group of independent outdoor retailers, awarded four activation grants totaling $10,000. Grantees are young outdoor leaders ages 18 to 28 who have innovative ideas for ‘grassroots’ projects that get young people outdoors and active. The winning projects come from bright young leaders who work at one of the more than 70 Grassroots Outdoor Alliance specialty stores. The initiative is part of the Outdoor Nation grant program, which invests in projects spearheaded by the next generation of outdoor leaders.
Parks In Focus is a Tucson-based organization that connects youth to the outdoors through photography. The goal is to encourage more participation in these programs and reward those who participate. The grant funding would support Summit Hut staff volunteers and PIF staff leading trips as well as an in-store and online gallery-showing.
Mountain Chalet will work with the Suicide Prevention Partnership, a local non-profit that has a program called Children Left Behind by Suicide, to take kids who have lost someone to suicide on outdoor excursions. Outdoor activities will help these kids become more active, healthy, and socially engaged.
One of the goals of Midwest Mountaineering is to get people outdoors, and a program through which this is accomplished is the youth Venturing Crew. This co-ed program is open to individuals 14-21 years old, and has so far gone on rock climbing and kayaking outings. The grant would allow this group to take extended trips outside of the metro area.
Through active experiential outdoor learning, students involved in this program will learn technical outdoor skills and develop leadership characteristics. Students will be empowered to learn at their own pace and to take ownership of their continued progress in adventure pursuits.