In the multiple layers of difficult times facing our communities in 2020, we’re so humbled to have received significant financial investments in our program 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. We’re also grateful to the many partners who offered scholarship support to our youth to attend summer camps that had to be cancelled to protect everyone’s safety, and especially Community Cycling Center who are increasing their support to us to fill in the gap and get kids outdoors at bike camp, the perfect socially distanced adventure! Thank you, friends, for helping empower change for marginalized youth, together.
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We’re grateful for the support of the Meyer Memorial Trust for funding our coalition of Portland area mentoring organizations to analyze our equity practices, and to the Collins Foundation and Metro’s North Portland Community Works Vanport Legacy grant program for helping fund our transition to an independent 501(c)(3) in early 2019.
Thanks to Fully, a local B Corporation designing ergonomic office furniture, for their generous donation of desks and chairs for our new office, and to Lewis & Clark’s Small Business Legal Clinic for low cost consultation for our transition to an independent 501(c)(3) in 2019.
Urban Nature Partners is a proud long term participant in the Youth Mentoring Collaborative, working alongside agency and nonprofit partners to get more BIPOC teens into the outdoors and outdoor careers, as well as alongside other mentoring professionals in the new Portland Area Mentoring Collaborative to collectively improve our practices around racial equity and youth voice. We’re also thrilled to support the Alpenglow Collective to increase outdoor recreation access for female-identified folks, and partner with Wild Diversity to match more youth of color with mentors that look like them.
Thanks to Float On for providing free sensory deprivation tank floats as incentives for our mentors and volunteers to rejuvenate, and the Adidas and Columbia company stores for providing discounts on sportswear for our hardworking folks.
From fall 2016 through 2020, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest at the US Forest Service to facilitate joint group outings for our mentor pairs! The Outdoor Explorers program is the pilot project for the entire Pacific Northwest region.
A huge thank you to East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District for two Partners in Conservation Grants and two Small Projects and Conservation Education grants to get us started and solidify our programs in our first 3.5 years. We are also proud to have received two Gray Family Foundation Community Field Trips and Environmental Education grants grant for more awesome youth and family outings and camps in 2017 and 2018.
Urban Nature Partners PDX is a member of The Intertwine Alliance, a coalition of Portland organizations working together to more fully engage residents with the outdoors and nature.
Urban Nature Partners PDX also works with the Institute for Youth Success and Mentor, nonprofits that provides resources to support best practices in youth mentoring.
We work closely with SUN Schools in Multnomah County and with social services partner JOIN to select youth from historically marginalized neighborhoods that will be the perfect match for our program. Thanks to SUN Site Managers through IRCO and Latino Network at Harrison Park, Cesar Chavez, and Harvey Scott Schools, and the awesome staff at JOIN, for making it happen!