Preparing our Staff With the Help from Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT)

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Earth Team’s Outdoor Explorers Program prioritizes safety and preparation at all times. We prioritize safety in a multitude of ways. For example; like ensuring there is Wilderness First Responder present at all outdoor trips, overviewing students medical needs well in advance, and creating safety logs for every trip so crucial information is at our fingertips in the case of an emergency.

But it’s not all about safety! Preparation can be just as important and is a big part of avoiding emergencies in the first place.

With the help of Bay Area Wilderness Training, Earth Team staff has been given incredible opportunities to get experience and expert advice on how to best lead youth in the outdoors. From day hikes to 5-day backpacking courses, our team has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience that has been crucial for where we are at today.

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This past weekend, Jenna, Earth Team’s Explorers Program Manager had the opportunity to participate in her final training with BAWT, the Snowshoeing course. Participants learned about navigation, potential hazards, helpful meal plan ideas, and so much more. Now that the training is complete, Earth Team has access to the high-quality snow gear and snowshoes that BAWT so generously supplies. With this new resource, Earth Team plans to make sure ALL of our students get an opportunity to experience the snow!

Bay Area Wilderness Training supports teachers and youth workers with training, gear, funding, and community – helping youth get outdoors! If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved, please visit their website.

Please support our efforts to give our students transformative outdoor experiences by donating to Earth Team today! DONATE HERE

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Earth Team’s Participation in Youth Outside’s 2018 Cultural Relevancy Series

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Earth Team is proud to announce the completion of our participation in Youth Outside’s Cultural Relevancy Series. The Cultural Relevancy series was a collection of full-day trainings throughout eight months. Training topics included; changing organizational culture, examining unconscious bias, developing relevant curriculum, non-violent communication, recruiting with intention and much more!

In addition to trainings, all participating organizations completed a project that would increase equity and inclusion in their workplace and programs. With the help of Youth Outside facilitators, Earth Team advanced our institutional knowledge by actualizing a welcome package for all new employees. This welcome package includes Earth Team’s mission and commitment to equity in the workplace, a long-term goal setting activity, training lessons (derived from feedback from prior staff), a mutual communication and feedback discussion template, and a glossary of organizational terms.

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Through the series of trainings, Earth Team increased our capacity to have conversations about equity and inclusion in the workplace and at home. We now have the tools to reassess our past curriculum and other program documents and ultimately have been given the confidence and motivation to continue to adapt and improve to serve our youth and staff better.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to have participated in such an amazing course with so many incredible youth-serving organizations! We are looking forward to building and expanding our Outdoor Explorers Program with the foundational concepts of ownership, agency, and relevancy on the forefront of our minds!

Special thank you to Youth Outside for hosting this training and providing such knowledgeable and encouraging facilitators.

The 2018 Cultural Relevancy Series was made possible by the generous support of The David and Lucille Foundation, The Morgan Family Foundation, and The Sand Hill Foundation. 

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