The Leadership Program provides opportunities for young adults ages 16 - 20 to explore the world around them, challenge themselves, gain work experience, and develop leadership skills.

This summer, you can join our 8-week training program. You'll have the opportunity to be involved in multiple outdoor activities, while gaining valuable work and leadership experience. Participants are eligible for up to a $1,000 job training stipend, and for potential job opportunities at Outdoor Outreach after completing the program.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

TBD 2020

Program Start Date

TBD 2020

Program End Date

TBD 2020


Application Timeline
  • Leadership Program application opens

    February 1st
  • Application closes

    March 14th
  • Phone interviews begin

    March 18th
  • Personal interviews begin

    April 1st
  • Interviews close

    April 12th
  • Application review period

    April 15-19
  • Candidates are notified of
    acceptance into the program

    April 22-26
  • Program schedule shared with participants

    May 2nd
  • Leadership Program starts

    June 17th
  • Backpacking trip

    Sierra Nevada Mountain Range
    July 29-2
  • Graduation day

    Location TBD
    August 10th


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Leadership Program?
The purpose is to give young adults job training through an indoor and outdoor based introductory internship on civic engagement experiences and leadership skills. Past graduates have used this experience to secure jobs in the outdoor industry and other employers, as well as to strengthen their candidacy for academic and work opportunities.

What does it mean to be a Leadership Participant?
It means that you are actively working towards learning and performing at a proficient level in our summer activities. Demonstrating sound Risk Management decisions while being held to the expectations of a professional in the outdoor education industry. This includes arriving to work on time, communicating in a timely and effective manner, respecting students and staff, modeling professionalism in the outdoors, attending trainings and meetings, and furthering the vision and mission of Outdoor Outreach.


Contact Luis at luis.perez@outdooroutreach.org or (619) 238-5790 ext. 109