Low-income, at-risk urban youth in Colorado do not have the same opportunities to experience the outdoors and learn about nature. Only 60% of them will even graduate high school. Our youth deserve to be inspired by nature, have the tools they need to succeed in life, and follow their chosen career paths. We need our youth to become the future environmental leaders of tomorrow to protect the planet and its people.
ELK is changing the future by connecting our two most precious resources: our children and our environment. We inspire kids through nature, introduce them to science, leadership, and careers, and invest in their success.
This project changes the lives of not only 80 youth, but also the community in which they live. Our communities are starving for homegrown leaders who are passionate and care about the people around them. Our youth graduate from high school, go to college, and become leaders in their careers and their community. Our program is a unique and necessary part of changing our youths’ lives around.