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Outdoor Youth Leadership Program

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Delivery type on-site
Experience Type field-trip
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The mission of the AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) is to make the outdoors accessible and meaningful to urban and at-risk youth. YOP operates as a resource center for youth agencies throughout the Northeast, teaching youth workers the skills they need to independently take their youth outdoors.

Our signature Outdoor Leadership Training (OLT) prepares youth workers to lead groups on trips that are fun, educational, safety-minded, and organized. We also provide our YOP-trained members with essential support services such as free use of outdoor equipment; trip planning assistance; subsidized overnights at AMC lodging destinations; and participation in customized trips.

Through our partnerships with community groups, youth programs, schools, and more, YOP ensures that young people enjoy meaningful outdoor experiences with adults who know them and their unique needs. Since 1968, YOP has served over 175,000 youth and trained thousands of youth workers. Join the dynamic YOP community and open up a world of opportunity to the youth you serve!

Outdoor Adventures

YOP supports a wide variety of outdoor experiences from short walks to backpacking expeditions. Activities include:

  • Nature walks
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Backpacking
  • Canoeing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing

Benefits to Youth

Young people who participate in outdoor adventures benefit in countless ways as they step into new environments. These outdoor adventure experiences provide youth with the opportunity to develop:

  • Leadership skills
  • Self-confidence and self-respect
  • Trust
  • A sense of responsibility for self, others, the community, and the environment
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Teamwork experience
  • Decision-making skills

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