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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Thursday, April 20 • 9:45am - 11:00am
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Using findings from the Green 2.0 report (2014) on racial composition in environmental organizations to strengthen our forward-thinking organizational support models, Youth Outside (Oakland) and Education Outside (San Francisco) have built programs that create opportunities for underrepresented communities in the outdoors, and strengthen the field's capacity to support staff that represent the shifting demographics of this country. 

This presentation will discuss Youth Outside’s Outdoor Educators Institute and the Rising Leaders Fellowship as responses to the "green ceiling." We will explore the challenges, triumphs, and takeaways of each program and the ways in which they build and support a culturally-relevant workforce. Participants will have an opportunity to learn from Youth Outside’s program creation and management, as well as leave with activities to address and strengthen cultural relevancy within their own organizations. Additionally, participants will learn how Education Outside not only hires a more representative corps, but develops educators to be culturally relevant so they have the tools to successfully engage and connect with their students in the outdoor classroom. 

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Kim Moore Bailey

CEO, Youth Outside
Kim Moore Bailey, Oakland, CA, serves as the Executive Director for Youth Outside. Inspired by her own passion for the outdoors and years of both professional and personal experiences, Kim focuses on Youth Outside’s strategic direction, grantmaking portfolio, and working to develop... Read More →
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Marielle Narcisa

Volunteer Manager, Education Outside
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Rena Payan

Senior Program Manager, Youth Outside
Youth Outside's Program Manager, Rena Payan is tasked with working toward equity and representation in the outdoor field by supporting young adults from diverse backgrounds through programs that will develop them into outdoor leaders, stronger community advocates, and more confident... Read More →
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Jimmy Simpson

Professional Development Manager, Education Outside
Jimmy is currently in his third year at Education Outside working as a Program Manager of science and garden education programs at multiple public elementary schools throughout San Francisco. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he studied Environmental Studies... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Seymour (Ground Floor)