Contact: Ivan Levin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OUTDOOR NATION AWARDS GRANTS TO CONNECT YOUTH TO THE OUTDOORS
$50,000 awarded to young outdoor leaders
Washington, DC (January 27, 2012) Outdoor Nation, the youth-led movement championing the outdoors, today announced the winners of 20 Outdoor Nation activation grants totaling $50,000. Grantees are young outdoor leaders ages 18 to 28 who have innovative ideas for reconnecting youth to America’s natural and cultural heritage. The winning projects support the goals of the President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which aims to create a 21stcentury conservation and recreation agenda, and the grants are made possible by the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, the community assistance arm of the National Park Service.
“The National Park Service is pleased to support these youth-led projects from across the U.S.”, said Julie Isbill, National Park Service Rivers & Trails representative. “They are innovative and diverse and will directly get youth involved in the natural world around them. In addition to funding, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance staff will be lending a hand to help make the projects happen.”
Outdoor Nation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. Twenty projects from across the country were chosen for the Outdoor Nation activation grant. The projects serve various audiences and activities include kayaking, photography, inner-city outreach, hiking, painting, biking, environmental education and map and compass skills. Click here to view a description of all winning projects.
“We are excited to invest in today’s young leaders as they build momentum for a national outdoor revolution,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, the organization that oversees Outdoor Nation. “Outdoor Nation-funded projects tackle the Millennial generation’s most significant outdoor challenges by removing barriers to outdoor participation, making the outdoors more relevant and engaging more young people in outdoor activities.”
Activation grants are a continuation of the Outdoor Nation Youth Summits, which bring young outdoor leaders together in a weekend forum to address the growing disconnect between youth and the outdoors. During each regional Summit, young people discuss regional issues and brainstorm project ideas that strengthen America’s connection to outdoor spaces. Many of the winning projects ideas were developed at the 2011 Youth Summit. In 2012, Outdoor Nation will host 10 Youth Summits in Austin, Boston, Los Angeles as well as New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Salt Lake City.
Outdoor Nation is an initiative of The Outdoor Foundation and was founded with initial support from The North Face, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, The REI Foundation, The Conservation Fund and the National Park Service.