The Department of the Interior is the lead agency for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative. The Department was joined by the YMCA of the USA and the National League of Cities (NLC) to coordinate efforts to bridge the growing disconnect between young people and the great outdoors by creating meaningful connections to nature through four pillars: play, learn, serve and work.
Through this partnership, the YMCA and National League of Cities, with support from American Express, are advancing the Department of the Interior's goal of seeding and supporting efforts that bring the four pillars of play, learn, serve and work alive for millions of children, young adults and veterans in communities across the country. Read more about this work in action.
Youth and families from across the country will learn new skills, engage with others and develop dedication to the great outdoors through service projects, recreation and environmental education. By offering consistent access to these public lands, Let’s Move! Outside is helping to inspire and foster nature lovers for life.
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Jack and Jill Inc. held their national conference for teens this summer in Columbus. They had a morning of service for their teens. With over 600 total teens, they went to multiple non profit locations, including the YMCA and the Boys and Girls clubs. They came to 4 locations around the city and served 6 different camps. The date was Friday, June 30, from 9-12. The group of teens will came to the sites and provided mostly outdoor STEAM "stations" that the kids could rotate through. The Jack and Jill group provided all the materials and all the volunteers. Total, there were approximately 600 campers who were able to participate in these teen led activities. (Hilltop and Ward camps, Garver camp, Vaughn and Grove City Camps, North Camp)
Working with ECRN+ to support their Outdoor Family activities that are ability inclusive. They have monthly events and then multiple special events that are held at the Metro parks around the city.
Grange employees collected clothes in the Grange fitness center for the YMCA’s Workforce and Entrepreneur Program at the Van Buren Shelter. From Kyle to Grange associates: “The program was created to allow individuals to gain employment skills, as well as explore ideas around self-employment. Guests will go through a week's worth of classes and upon completion, they may participate in the Success Store. The Success Store is where they will receive clothing appropriate for interviews and housing appointments. So, we are collecting women’s business blouses, skirts, slacks, pants, shoes, and purses of all sizes to give women the opportunity to increase their confidence in pursuing employment and housing!” A box was placed in the fitness center to collect any clothing.Grange associated donated multiple bags and filled two huge boxes to support Tiffany Davis at the shelter.
A huge thank you to the Grange associates who donated business clothes for our Van Buren shelter!
The Y has joined with the Department of the Interior to grow First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Outside initiative. Our partnership advances the initiative's goals of supporting the four pillars of outdoor activities: Play, Learn, Serve and Work. This partnership will help identify lift up and/or organize service opportunities on public lands and ideally also play, learn and work activities.
To increase coordination, collaboration and communication among service providers, and develop strategies to increase awareness of and participation in outdoor programs.
Through our summer camps the Y partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) in 2015 to create a special summer play, learn, serve, work (PLSW) outdoor program for thousands of low-income, minority youth to have their first National Park experience.
This national, multi-site initiative is introducing children and youth to opportunities to play, learn, serve and work with the National Park Service.