Now more than ever, Black Lives Matter, deep relationships matter, access to the healing power of nature matters, and building community through racial, cultural, and youth equity matters! Read a special message from UNP Director Kristin Bowling HERE.
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Learn more about our program in this KBOO radio interview from 4/10/19 with Development Coordinator Dasha Foerster and Director Kristin Bowling.
Our 2020 Outdoor Mentor recruitment season is finally open! Now is the perfect time to take advantage of time at home to begin the process of applying to become an outdoor mentor as COVID restrictions are lifted. We’re so excited to be partnering with our first community based organization, JOIN, to serve youth in one of their outer NE housing developments with outdoor mentors. We’re also planning to host a virtual happy hour for prospective mentors to chat with us in early July. Download the full position description for outdoor mentors HERE, and learn more about eligibility and the application process HERE. Let us know your questions and interest at the contact below, and be sure to add yourself to our Mailing List to get updates via our newsletters. We’re also adding new Board members on a rolling basis in 2020 to support our growing program. Download an announcement HERE and let us know your interest.
We’re thrilled to announce the our growing program has received grant support from the East Portland Action Plan to implement our long-anticipated expansion to serve youth and families in East Portland, as well as ongoing grant support from the Collins Foundation, Portland Parks Foundation, and the Oregon Community Foundation’s COVID grant program. We’re humbled to have so many funders invest in our program during these trying times. Thank you!
After 5 years, UNP-PDX is finally an independent 501(c)(3), residing in a permanent office space at 2937 NE Glisan! Huge thanks to our first Board of Directors and Advisory Committee that helped make it happen. We’re also grateful to the Collins Foundation and Metro’s North Portland Community Works Vanport Legacy grant program for providing funds for our transition costs, and to the Fully company for donating our awesome ergonomic desks and chairs.
July 20, 2018: We’re thrilled to have hosted our first Summer Celebration at Lagunitas Community Room, and to be planning a second benefit there on October 11th! Check out the fun, and we’ll look forward to seeing you again soon.
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.
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.
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!
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!