Spotlight Non-Profit: Kristin Bowling, Founder & Director of Urban Nature Partners PDX
Adrianne Gunn interviews Portland’s very own, Kristin Bowling of Urban Nature Partners PDX, an organization that empowers youth from underserved neighborhoods through building long term mentoring relationships and providing access to meaningful outdoor experiences. Mentor-youth activities take place in easily accessible outdoor areas in and around Portland, are driven by the interests and abilities of each youth, and are relevant to a young person’s culture and background. Group events include their family members so everyone gets to enjoy all that our great urban greenspaces have to offer.
UNP-PDX incorporates the best practices of traditional mentoring in establishing meaningful, long-term relationships that help young people build confidence, resiliency, problem solving skills, social competency, and academic success, and help prevent problem behaviors. It also draws upon best practices in education and outdoor recreation by providing informal environmental learning through direct inquiry and experience, and building a sense of place through the exploration of one’s natural environment. Combining the best of these disciplines together on one program provides young people with a uniquely relevant and long term series of opportunities that build better health and well being, teach them about the outdoors and potential career opportunities, and help them become empowered to make their own decisions and succeed in other parts of their young lives.
If you love the outdoors considering signing up to be a mentor! urban-nature-partners.org
Women With Moxie loves to put the Spotlight on Non-Profits working to make our community a better place. It is our honor to bring love and light to women who are using their business skills and passions for the greater good of the world.
Interview by Moxie Maven Council Member:
Adrianne Gunn, business consultant & entertainer, www.adriannegunn.com