Youth Outdoor Equity Leadership Fund by C&NN

Updated: Jun 15



Juan Martinez and his colleagues founded the Natural Leaders Network in 2009, using the outdoors as a platform to elevate youth voice and action. Since that time, C&NN has been supporting young leaders on the front lines of positive change, racial equity and justice in communities across the U.S. They need our support now more than ever.

Support young leaders today!  Donations to the Youth Outdoor Equity Leadership Fund will support young leaders working to increase equitable access to the benefits of nature, environmental and climate justice, and community health and wellbeing. Grant making decisions will be made by a youth-led committee. We’re kick-starting this fund with $25,000 and our partner Vasque Footwear is contributing another $10,000 in start-up funds. Help us raise an additional $40,000 to reach our $75,000 goal by July 31.

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The Youth Outdoor Equity Leadership fund will provide:

GRANTS: Mini-grants of $500 will be awarded to young leaders ages 18 to 30. Examples of projects could include: online outdoor education sessions; creating gardens that employ young people and provide fresh food; providing outdoor gear to remove barriers to outdoor recreation; legislative action training to advance policies that increase equitable access to nature. All young leaders are encouraged to apply. Priority consideration will be given to those who have participated in our Legacy Camps and Fresh Tracks trainings, and young leaders from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, other People of Color, those who identify as LGBTQ, and those with disabilities.


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TRAINING: Young leaders are invited to join peers from across the country in online learning opportunities. Click on the session topic to register. 

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