This year Committee for Green Foothills celebrates Rue Mapp as one of our Nature’s Inspiration honorees. She is the founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a national nonprofit organization. With more than 60 leaders in 28 states, Outdoor Afro supports African American leadership in the open space movement and addresses the need for greater diversity in the outdoors. In support of Outdoor Afro having a stronger presence in our region, we want to recruit leaders for the next Outdoor Afro Leadership Training (OALT) program.
Outdoor Afro is not only looking for people to give the community powerful experiences in nature, but to help shape one’s leadership skills. You will learn about trip planning basics, the health impacts of nature, conservation ethics, risk management, and effective social media engagement. What makes this program truly unique is the fostering of relationships between the Outdoor Afro community and the outdoors through storytelling of Black connections to public parks, watersheds, and wilderness. The curriculum is planned and led by current OALT members. When finished with the program, graduates will leave as skilled outdoor leaders and educators. Don’t worry you do not need to be a trained outdoor leader or educator, just have a passion to get people outdoors.
- Attend the annual Outdoor Afro Training taking place April 13 – 15, 2019 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
- Facilitate a minimum 1 Outdoor Afro sponsored event every month.
- Participate in regular conference calls with other OA Leaders.
- Develop two new Outdoor Afro Leadership Team ambassadors in your region.
- Leverage social media to increase Black representation and engagement with nature.
Get trained and be ready for their next adventure. Learn more about the program and fill out your application here.