Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Outdoor Outreach

I can not imagine having grown up without sports. I don't remember as a kid ever sitting inside much. Running around, playing games, sledding in the winter - these were things I remember enjoying the most.

For a lot of inner city youth, sports or outdoor activities are not an option. Outdoor Outreach is a program in San Diego that I am a big fan of. The program provides inner city youth the opportunity to get involved in activities they might otherwise never be exposed to. Rock climbing, surfing, snowboarding, and mountain biking are just a few of these activities. The result: these kids end up finding mentors in the adults who help them learn new sports. They make friends. Learn to believe in themselves and go on to graduate high school, in schools where this is not the norm. They go on to college.

If you have a few extra $ you want to donate before the end of 2009 Outdoor Outreach can always use help. If you live in San Diego and would like to get involved, they are always looking for volunteers to take the kids on adventures.

3 comments:

Chloe said...

I've helped out in programs like that - and it's amazing how just spending a few hours a week with a child can have such a positive impact. :) Plus - it's always fun to play with kids!!

Ordinarylife said...

I think programs like that are great too.

I am lucky to be involved with some kids though our work and it amazes me how just a few minutes of your time means so much to them. And it is fun for me too, yesterday I went to the beach.... (much better than regular work)

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Charisa, this is awesome!