Leadership Program Application
Thank you for your interest in the Outdoor Outreach Leadership Program. Each year, students 16-20 years-old from Outdoor Outreach (OO) programs are eligible to apply for participation on an eight week leadership training program in which they learn the skills and components towards being an Outdoor Instructor. There is no cost for participants and acceptance to the program is highly competitive.
What is the Leadership Program? The purpose is to give young adults job training through an outdoor and indoor 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. Acceptance onto our Leadership Program does not equal employment at Outdoor Outreach.
Participants safely learn how to instruct a range of outdoor recreation activities in a variety of parks, beaches, and open space areas including:
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Joshua Tree National Park
Border Field State Park
Holcomb National Forest
Snow Valley Big Bear Mountain
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Cabrillo National Monument
Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve
Calafia State Beach
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
Through participation in the Outdoor Outreach Leadership Program, we hope participants experience:
- Increased confidence and ability to facilitate and lead outdoor adventures for youth in a safe and fun manner.
- Continued involvement and/or employment as an outdoor leader for Outdoor Outreach or similar organizations.
- Increased perception of one’s ability to influence public policy and socio-economic barriers to accessing the outdoors.
- Increased ability and willingness to communicate with decision makers and advocate the value and necessity of protecting outdoor spaces and sensitive ecosystems.
What is your Commitment to Outdoor Outreach?
- An open mind and dedication towards our activities. We will be pushing our mental barriers by trying new experiences in which many of us, may have never tried before.
- Respectful and professional manners towards your peers and staff members.
- Completion of the Leadership Program. This includes classroom and field based learning designed for participants to gain experience both as a field instructor and office coordination. Activities are 4-5 days a week for 8 weeks. June 17-August 9, 2018.