Success Stories

CAMP CHAT: Elyse Rylander of OUT There Adventures Success Stories / Uncategorized

As Elyse Rylander wrapped up her undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin, she had a clear vision about the road ahead: she would channel her enthusiasm for the outdoors, personal understanding of its healing powers, and experiences as a member of the queer community to work with an organization that helped LGBTQ youth forge a positive connection with the natural world. When a clear...

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TYO MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Mike Valler, True Course Success Stories

TYO Member Mike Valler works as a Case Manager assigned to a 2nd Chance Juvenile Court. Using his years of experience working with youth organizations and teaching Positive Youth Development Frameworks, Mike is developing a program using the outdoors to bring life-skills to the at-risk youth he works with. Using TYO to focus on the business side of things, such as creating a plan and vision...

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Grinnell H.S. Outdoor Adventure Program Success Stories

Working with youth is nothing new for Mike Anderson. Mike has been coaching for 30 years, teaching for 23, and also volunteers as a Boy Scout leader. When a student saw the Backpacker Magazine on his desk just over a year ago and asked why they didn’t have a club that did outdoor stuff, Mike saw an opportunity. Being an outdoor enthusiast himself and knowing...

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