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2022 Y-WE Nature Connections

Experience the power of Nature as sanctuary and teacher while exploring the Shores, Trails, Lakes, Rivers and Mountains of our northwest home. Through activities such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, camping, biking and gardening we will learn how to deepen our relationship with nature and ourselves. By engaging with and learning about these unique and expansive outdoor spaces, we will practice connecting deeply with ourselves, each other, and our plant and animal neighbors. We will also learn how we can all be responsible stewards of our natural systems, engage in environmental justice topics, and learn about local ecology. On weekdays, we’ll explore local parks, while most weekends, we will venture further into wild spaces, such as Washington State Parks, with a couple of camping trips mixed in!

All of our trips are designed to be accessible without any previous experience and will help participants build the skills to be successful and safe in the outdoors. 

We are limited to 12 spots and are centering youth who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+. All are welcome to apply.

Applications received before March 18th will be prioritized

 

Schedule:

4/9 - Saturday (Timing: TBD) 

4/20 - Wednesday (4:00 - 6:00 pm)

4/23 - Virtual Y-WE Career Day - Saturday (10am-3pm)

5/1 - Sunday (10 am - 1 pm)

5/25 - Wednesday (4:00 - 6:00 pm)

6/4 - Y-WE Marra Farm Celebration + Graduation - Saturday (10 am - 3 pm) 

6/11 - Saturday (Timing: TBD)

6/22 - Wednesday (4:00 - 6:00 pm)

7/20 - Wednesday (4:00 - 6:00 pm)

7/28 to 7/31 - Camping Trip - Thursday 3: 00 - Sunday 4:00 pm

8/12 to 8/14 - Refuge Outdoor Festival Camping - Friday 3:00 - Sunday 4:00 pm

8/20 - Sunday - Y-WE Nature Connections Summer Send-Off (10 am - 4 pm)

*all dates tentative based on weather and conditions


Questions? Reach out to Kelly (she/her) and Neli (she/they) at kelly@y-we.org and neli@y-we.org

Youth Information
This form is for young women*, ages 13-18, who wish to enroll in Y-WE Programs. Some sections must be filled out by a parent/guardian. Please look over the application below and prepare to complete and submit it in one session. You WILL NOT be able to save the form mid-way through. Upon completion of this application, you will be contacted by a Y-WE staff member to set-up an interview.
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*Y-WE welcomes people who identify as women or girls; were socialized as women or girls; or who were assigned female at birth.
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*Meeting Locations: Saturday: El Centro de la Raza (Beacon Hill Seattle, near light rail and 60 and 36 bus lines) Wednesdays: Meet at each local park (likely Jefferson Park, Seward Park, Washington Park Arboretum, and Discovery Park)

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Y-WE's Community Wellness and Mental Health Specialist (Shaena, she/her) helps connect Y-WE individuals and families with mental health support and practical resources (such as rental assistance, grocery support, etc). Would you like Shaena to contact you about a need you or your family has? These calls are confidential. If you'd like to schedule an immediate appointment with Shaena, go to this link: https://calendly.com/shaenaywe/wellness