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What if you had an opportunity to learn the skills and techniques to take people on an awesome outdoor adventure?  What if you could gain these skills, have a great time learning, and take a group out on an outdoor adventure?  What if you could make a difference in your community and the lives of people around you?  What if you could become a leader!?



Yes You Can!!!

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With Outdoor Youth ConnectionTM (OYC)!  OYC connects youth with their peers, their community, the great outdoors, and their own leadership potential.

Here’s what it is: 

The California State Parks - Office of Community Involvement and the California State Parks Foundation collaboration provides ongoing opportunities for highly structured, powerful introductions to outdoor experiences for California's most disadvantaged  youth.  This collaborative effort combiners resources to unlock the potential for young people to become catalysts for change in their communities.  This is accomplished through the Outdoor Youth ConnectionTM I(OYC) which provides a comprehensive approach for reconnecting urban youth to the outdoors in a way that brings the benefits full circle back to their lives and communities. 


To empower youth to access the outdoors and unlock their leadership potential


-A three-day leadership training for youth ages 13 to 17 in outdoor activities, team building, communication and leadership skills while camping at a California State Park

 -All of the necessary food and camping equipment for the training trip

 -Team building activities and outdoor adventure pursuits, and much more

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Here's what it's like:  Well, it's fun!!!  Participants learn by experience.  They participate in games, problem solving initiatives, and outdoor adventures. 


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Here's what you get: 
• A resource manual to help you plan outdoor adventures
• Access to the OYC network and resources
• Life skills and habits for a healthy lifestyle
• Improved self-esteem and sense of empowerment
• Skills in leadership, teamwork, and decision making to make a difference in the community


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If you have questions or want to learn more about our training programs, please contact our office at (916) 653-5454.