Seattle, WA (June 19, 2013) - On Saturday, June 20, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will celebrate her 100th day as Interior Secretary by joining 150 youth at the Seattle-based Outdoor Nation’s Signature Summit held at the University of Washington.
Secretary Jewell will offer remarks highlighting the importance of connecting youth to the outdoors and investing in our country’s 21st Century scientists and conservationists, followed by a brief media availability. She will then participate in rotating discussions with the Summit’s Outdoor Ambassadors to brainstorm ways in which we can overcome the challenges that keep many of America’s young people from outdoor recreation.
“When young people are active in nature, they build healthy lifestyles and learn new skills that last a lifetime,” said Jewell. “I look forward to returning home to Seattle and sitting down with some of our area’s brightest young people to get their perspective on the responsibility we have to connect the next generation of business leaders, scientists, conservationists, and beyond to everything the outdoors can offer.”
The Outdoor Nation Summit emphasizes Secretary Jewell’s continued commitment to youth programs in the first 100 days of her term. In May, the Secretary announced more than $4 million in grants to support conservation employment and mentoring opportunities for more than 600 young people ages 15-25 on public lands across the country. She also traveled to New York to launch the “National Parks of New York Harbor Conservation and Resiliency Corps,” a partnership with New York City city and the Student Conservation Association that will provide approximately 200 jobs for young people in 2013 to participate in Hurricane Sandy recovery and clean-up efforts.
And in April she joined National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and students from Stonewall Middle School at Prince William Forest Park for a celebration of National Park Week, and held a stakeholder meeting to explore ways to leverage public-private partnerships at national parks to better connect youth and families to nature and outdoor recreation.
“We are thrilled to have Secretary Jewell join us for the Outdoor Nation Summit in Seattle. Her leadership in getting young people outside and active is extraordinary – and is sure to inspire a new generation outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of The Outdoor Foundation, the organization that started Outdoor Nation. “The Outdoor Nation community looks forward to working with the Secretary to lead a nationwide outdoor movement that reconnects Americans, of all ages, to the outdoors.”
The Outdoor Foundation
The Outdoor Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor leaders and enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, youth engagement and empowerment and effective grant-making, the Foundation works with young leaders and partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that empowers young leaders to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States. To date, the successful initiative has engaged tens of thousands of youth and invested more than $200,000 in over 50 innovative projects spearheaded by young leaders and change-makers. For more information visit: OutdoorFoundation.org and OutdoorNation.org.