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Project Get Outdoors

Purpose

Project Get Outdoors is an after-school/out-of-school program that links under-advantaged youth and caring adult mentors to exploration, play and reflection in nature near local communities so youth grow to be healthy, comfortable outdoors, and knowledgeable and passionate about their land and community throughout their lives. SE RSDP has supported this program in a variety of ways.

Activities

SE RSDP support has included board and organizational development, handbook/toolkit design, marketing, evaluation tools, a national program review and comparison, and a webinar to provide information regarding potential for collaborating with other Regional Partnerships and colleges across the state to bring accessible outdoor after school programs to under-served children.

Outcomes

  • SE RSDP helped design a Project Get Outdoors Leaders Handbook to be used as part of a toolkit that includes a training DVD and activities backpack. The Project GO Toolkit is provided free-of-charge to communities that are committed to implementing Project GO programs. The toolkit offers community volunteers step-by-step instructions and resources to help them design their own unique programs and sustain them over the long run. Project GO website
  • SE RSDP sponsored a national program review and comparison by contractor Megan Hoye, a recent U of M MS graduate. Her report, "Project Get Outdoors: A Guide for moving Forward," has been immediately helpful in connecting with resources and building relationships with funders prior to submitting grant requests.
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