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March 26, 2018: Thanks to ongoing support from the Gray Family Foundation and generous scholarships from all the camp partners below, we continue to be able to send more youth to summer camp each year, completely free of cost to their families– a record 15 youth will get a summer adventure this year! Huge shout out to these camp partners old and new that make it happen:
March 20, 2018: Thanks to the many generous community businesses who donated to our Spring Benefit and Mentor Recruitment Night at the Church Bar on MARCH 18th, we raised over $800 for amazing outdoor programming for youth!
March 2, 2018: Recruitment season is officially open for our 6th cohort of outdoor mentor/youth pairs! Learn more and take the first step in the application process HERE by APRIL 15th.
December 5, 2017:
We’re recruiting a Program Intern for January-June 2018. This 10 hour per week position includes a small stipend and college credit if desired, plus the opportunity to get ground-floor experience in all aspects of nonprofit management. Learn more and apply HERE. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
UNP-PDX is also seeking to add members to our Administrative Committee for Mentor Recruitment & Support, Fundraising, and Strategic Plan Implementation work for 1-year terms beginning in February 2018. Find out more here.
September 10, 2017:
We’re finishing up our first year of partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Outdoor Explorers Program! Please enjoy this video of our May trip to Ape Caves.
August 25, 2017:
UNP-PDX intern and Administrative Committee volunteer Danielle Jones shares her experience building equity outdoors with youth in the Intertwine’s Outside Voice: In Awe of Nature
June 5, 2017:
We’re so excited to be sending 12 youth to a week of summer camp in 2017, the most yet! Thanks to generous scholarships and support from Trackers Earth, OMSI, East Multnomah Soil & Water, and the Gray Family Foundation, our youth will explore tidepools at the coast, study paleontology in the high desert, and bolster their wilderness, fishing, outdoor photography, and leadership skills here at home.
May 1, 2017:
UNP is proud to be one of the youth partners helping the Intertwine design Daycations– awesome outdoor day trips you can take in the Portland metro area, which is our specialty. Check it out HERE.
September 1, 2016:
We’re thrilled to announce a new partnership between UNP-PDX and Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest through the US Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Region to implement the first pilot of the Outdoor Explorers program in our great NW. On joint mentor-youth pair outings through 2017, UNP-PDX youth will introduce BBBS youth to the outdoor activities and knowledge in which they’ve built expertise, and have tons of fun making new friends and exploring new places.
May 10th, 2016:
A huge thank you to East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District for a second Partners in Conservation Grant, and to the Gray Family Foundation for a second Community Field Trips grant. Thanks to ongoing support from these two funders, we’ll be able to provide more awesome group activities, summer camp scholarships, and outdoor gear to our youth and families, as well as great training and support for our mentors, into summer 2017. Thanks so much for investing in our future!
April 4, 2016:
The Director’s home office is overflowing with outdoor gear and supplies. Help our growing program get the office space we need to support our youth by supporting our campaign here!
March 1, 2016:
Summer camp registration season is here! Thanks to our partners at Trackers Earth, Rewild, Friends of Tryon Creek, Soul River, Saturday Academy, Audubon Society, and YMCA Camp Collins, in addition to our grant funds from the Gray Family Foundation, we’re sending 12 youth and counting to a week of tuition-free camp in 2016, three of them for their first ever camp experience.
February 8, 2016:
We’re so excited to have 7 inaugural members of our new Administrative Committee on board to help support and guide the future of UNP-PDX! We’re still in need of 2 experienced volunteers to help us with Fundraising. Apply, or send our info to someone you know, here.
October 12, 2015:
Our first BENEFIT DINNER & CELEBRATION on OCTOBER 11 at TaborSpace was a smashing success! Thanks to generous donors, our youth, families, and mentors enjoyed an evening of awesome food and live music alongside UNP supporters, and we raised over $2,100. Thanks so much to our tireless volunteers who made it happen!