“The REI Foundation’s early investment in our youth programs allowed us to grow programs in Seattle and launch programs in Tacoma and Kitsap. The grant also provided funding for expanded outreach to underserved youth,” said Martinique Grigg, The Mountaineers executive director in a press release. “Research has shown that positive outdoor experiences during childhood create a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors. The Mountaineers is committed to instilling that appreciation in today’s youth, particularly young people from diverse communities.”
The program had previously received the Mary Anderson Legacy Grant from REI. This year that grant went to GirlTrek. GirlTrek is based in Washington D.C. and is working around the country to get African American women and girls engaged in an active lifestyle.