BLM-Eastern States is partnering with a diverse group of organizations to bring urban youth to the outdoors in support of the Let’s Move Outside Initiative. Partners include: Chavez Preparatory Charter School; LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC); Washington, DC, Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA); National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC); National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC); and the Sierra Club.
The overall goal of this project is to provide outdoor experiences for diverse youth on the public lands in order to teach them about the recreational and cultural values of the land and about the importance of pursuing an active, healthy lifestyle. In addition, this project benefits the youth by providing them with real-world examples of science concepts they are learning in school and mentoring them on the importance of higher education. These experiences also help to cultivate environmental stewardship in these future leaders, with benefits for their families, their communities, and the local environment.
Through expansion of projects like these, BLM will continue to provide opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to explore, connect with and preserve America's natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about the Diverse Youth Outings pilot project, see the slide show above developed by BLM- Eastern States