AMC Youth Opportunities Program - NY/NJ
Each year, the Appalachian Mountain Club's (AMC) Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) makes the outdoors accessible to over 37,000 youth throughout the Northeast. We do this through collaborative partnerships with organizations and schools in urban and under-resourced communities that historically have faced barriers to outdoor recreation. Through providing outdoor leadership training, trip planning and access to gear lending libraries, YOP supports youth professionals so they may foster impactful and relevant outdoor experiences for their youth.
Inspired by the principles of the Civil Rights movement, YOP was founded in 1968 to offer outdoor experiences to youth-serving organizations in the City of Boston. Our model to train and support youth workers and teachers to lead these trips has grown throughout New England and the Greater New York City area. As we look to the next 50 years, we envision a future where more youth enjoy the outdoors and where outdoor participation is reflective of every community, with equitable access for all. More information is available at www.outdoors.org/yop.
The YOP Outdoor Program offers great opportunities to participate in our efforts to get youth outside, through the support of hundreds of New York/New Jersey area youth professionals that lead youth on outdoor adventures.