Outdoors Empowered Network Welcomes the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities Program
SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON – November 16, 2017 – The Outdoors Empowered Network, the first national network providing youth workers with wilderness leadership training and access to outdoor gear libraries, welcomes the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Youth Opportunities Program as its premier partner in the Northeastern U.S. region.
Founded in 1968, AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) has the distinction of being the first program in the U.S. to employ the model of increasing access to the outdoors through training and supporting youth workers and teachers, enabling them to foster impactful and relevant outdoor experiences for their youth. Through outdoor leadership training, trip planning, and access to gear lending libraries, YOP supports organizations and schools in urban and under-resourced communities that historically have faced barriers to outdoor recreation.
With program offices in Boston and New York City, YOP joins the Network’s member organizations in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, Leadville (CO) and Seattle metro regions in working to increase much needed access to nature for youth. In 2018, the Network collectively expects to train over 500 leaders and empower 45,000 youth participants to experience the outdoors through immersive outdoor adventures. Read more: FULL PRESS RELEASE
Forest Preserve District of Cook County Joins Outdoors Empowered Network: Chicago launches Camping Leadership Immersion Course to get kids outdoors
SAN FRANCISCO – January 25, 2016 – Outdoors Empowered Network (OEN), the largest national network of Member Organizations through which educators and youth leaders have access to wilderness training and free outdoor gear libraries, welcomes the Forest Preserve of Cook County (FPCC), of Chicago, Ill., as the first member program in the Midwest. Chicago joins Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boise, and Seattle in a growing number of cities with programs increasing much needed access to nature for youth. In 2015 alone, OEN’s programs have trained 318 youth leaders and empowered 10,000 youth participants to experience the outdoors through immersive backpacking and camping trips. Read more: FULL PRESS RELEASE