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Creating a virtual safe space during the COVID-19 crisis

“No one could have predicted how the Leadership Program would change within the first week…”On March 10, 2020, 12 teens walked through our doors for Day one of our Spring Leadership Program. They would be the first group to participate in the program outside of our traditional summer schedule. I remember the feeling in the […]
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Adapting outdoor programs to a new reality

One of the most important skills of outdoor leadership is the ability to adapt and respond to unexpected challenges. Outdoor programs are dynamic! Changes in weather, poor trail conditions, gear problems—these are all standard variables in the field instructor’s playbook. But global pandemics?…maybe I missed that chapter.Over the last two months, the COVID-19 crisis has […]
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National Volunteer Month Highlight with Chris Li

Chris Li on Serving as a Role ModelWhat was your first Outdoor Outreach volunteer outing?Mountain biking with O’Farrell High School in January of 2020–we had a blast biking around Imperial Beach. Why did you choose to volunteer with Outdoor Outreach? Outdoor Outreach has allowed me to have a positive effect on my community by serving as a […]
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San Diego parks to reopen after weeks of closures

Select San Diego Parks to Reopen This WeekBeach and bay access possible by the end of the month After weeks of closures, Mayor Faulconer has announced that neighborhood parks will reopen on Tuesday, April 21st.   According to the San Diego Union Tribune, “Mayor Faulconer said there still will be many restrictions on neighborhood parks when they reopen. […]
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National Volunteer Month Highlight with Erika Daley

Erika Daley on Finding Courage in the WaterWhat was your first Outdoor Outreach volunteer outing?Kayaking at Mission Bay in spring 2018.  Why did you choose to volunteer with Outdoor Outreach? *Connecting youth to the transformative power of the outdoors truly resonated with the work I wanted to contribute to in my community. I spend most of […]
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National Volunteer Month Highlight with Franco Saavedra

Franco Saavedra on experiencing his “heart smiling”Franco has volunteered with Outdoor Outreach since June 2019. Working primarily with our high-impact programs through Rady Children’s Hospital and San Diego County Program Department, he has already become a huge asset to the OO team!Franco knows that connecting with nature can have a profound impact on one’s life, […]
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National Volunteer Month Highlight with Danielle Harvey

A Q&A with Outdoor Outreach volunteer Danielle HarveyWhat was your first Outdoor Outreach volunteer outing?I volunteered for a mountain biking trip a few months ago.Why did you choose to volunteer with Outdoor Outreach? I love to be outdoors, I know the power and benefits of connecting with nature, and there are many kids in San Diego […]
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Outdoor Outreach’s 10 Principles for Getting Outside Responsibly During the COVID-19 Outbreak

During the COVID-19 pandemic we must do everything we can to protect one another, especially those most vulnerable to the virus. Outdoor Outreach encourages our community to get outside responsibly. Bottom line, we must all know and follow the official public health guidelines and do our part to stop the spread. OO will strive to stop […]
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Expensify to Reimburse Families In Need During Covid-19

Expensify, a San Francisco-based expense software for businesses will reimburse families that utilize SNAP during the covid-19 outbreak.Read below to learn how to apply for the reimbursement program:These are unprecedented times, and it’s inspiring to see communities rising to the challenge. However, not everyone has the resources to “shelter in place” especially the millions of […]
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Outdoor Outreach Launches Spring Leadership Cohort

Outdoor Outreach Launches Spring Leadership CohortOutdoor Outreach has expanded our programming to include a 12-week Spring Leadership Program cohort in addition to the highly successful summer intensive program, now in its 7th year.The Leadership Program provides opportunities for teens ages 16 – 20 to explore the world around them, challenge themselves, gain work experience, and […]
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