The Issue: Access to Nature for Inner City Youth
Nature stimulates children's powers of observation, fosters creativity, and instills a sense of peace and being at one with the world, according to a 2001 article published in the journal Montessori Life. However, due to a lack of resources and where they live, many inner-city students do not have regular access to natural environments.
The Campaign: Nature Trip for Inner City Students
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Sacramento Inner City Outings to sponsor inner city youth on an overnight camping trip to Bodega Dunes. For every $600 raised, the organization can cover food, registration, camping costs, and transportation for 15 students who have achieved perfect attendance the last school year. These students are all participants in Breakthrough Sacramento, which provides a year-round, tuition-free, college preparatory program for academically motivated, ethnically diverse students from under-sourced school in the Sacramento area. Ninety-two percent of Breakthrough Sacramento graduates attend college directly after graduation, versus a national average of 52% for students from low-income families.
Sacramento Inner City Outings
The all-volunteer team at Sacramento Inner City Outings organizes fun and educational wilderness adventures for urban youth and adults who might not ordinarily have the opportunity to experience the natural world. Through these outdoor trips – which might include hikes, camping trips, backpacking, or snowshoeing – the organization promotes appreciation and protection of the environment, as well as personal growth and leadership skills among inner city youth. A part of the Sierra Club’s 50-city Inner City Outings network, the Sacramento chapter has organized nearly 30 outdoor trips in the last two years, and looks forward to upcoming excursions to Echo Summit and the Cosumnes River Preserve.
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