Youth Leadership Adventures 2017 Program Report: The Next Generation of Leaders
Youth Leadership Adventures is a progression of transformational learning experiences, designed for local underserved youth to jump-start lifelong engagement with nature, stewardship, and community. Primary activities are 8-day Outdoor Leadership and 12-day Science and Sustainability Summer Courses in North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Next-step opportunities allow participants to put newly gained skills into action.
Youth Leadership program outcomes serve as the pillars for the curriculum and structure of students’ trip, they include:
Develop sense of place and community by connecting underserved students to public lands
Deepen ecological literacy through first-hand experience with field science
Cultivate leadership and communication skills through personal exploration and public speaking
Empower youth to make a difference through stewardship and workforce opportunities
Participants are underserved, low-income, and students of color. Tuition is based on a sliding-scale and we provide clothing, gear, transportation, meals, family orientations, and gender-inclusive camp options
- 60% of students report this is their first time in a National Park or National Forest
- 77% live near the North Cascades Ecosystem
- 81% first time participating in an outdoor program
- 50% qualify for free and reduced lunch program
- 78 youth participants
- 86% received scholarships
- 60% identify as People of Color
- 23% born outside of the US
- $80 median price paid by the student
Every year, we compile statistics on the school and communities served through this partnership program. Our 2017 Youth Leadership Program Report was published on March 9, 2018 and can be viewed below.
Pathways for Youth: Next-Step Opportunities to Put Skills Into Action
Youth Ambassadors provides college workshops, recreation, mentorship, leadership skills, and stewardship. In 2017, fourteen Ambassadors volunteered 150 hours in public lands and received 70 hours preparing for college. Trips included: Skagit Land Trust work party, birding with Park Rangers, and a Western Washington University visit. The 6-month program is free and we provide transportation, meals, and a stipend.
Interns assist in leading summer courses while gaining work experience. Participants are inspired by interns who are of similar ages and backgrounds. Interns receive stipends, housing, meals, and Wilderness First Aid training. In 2017, we had two summer interns.
When we reached the lookout both the students and I felt an immense amount of satisfaction and joy in knowing we could reach our own goals and overcame our own challenges to meet that goal.”
— Rebecca Zhou, 2017 Youth Leadership Intern
The Northwest Youth Leadership Summit equips students personal and professional development skills to serve the environment and communities. The free, day-long Summit includes skill-building sessions, a career fair, group reflection, and outdoor adventures. 120 students attended the Summit held at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center on November 4, 2017.
To learn more about how you can get involved or make an impact, please visit our Support page
For more Institute reports from this and previous years, please visit our Accomplishments and Reports page