Bringing the principles of character education into our community.
Northwest Outward Bound welcomes collaborative opportunities to work with local organizations, schools and communities to bring the principles of experiential learning and character education to those that have historically been excluded from outdoor schooling and leadership opportunities.
By designing unique initiatives around the educational objectives and developmental needs of each partnership, we work closely with our collaborators to empower all our students to discover who they are and what they can achieve.
Programs like these would not be possible without support from you —our community of passionate staff, instructors, donors, and partners. Thank you.
Portland Schools Program
The Portland Schools Program brings Outward Bound’s traditional outdoor education curriculum to underserved schools and urban settings, providing inclusion and experiential education to diverse communities.
The Pinnacle Program is more than an Outward Bound wilderness course – it provides long-term support for youth historically excluded from outdoor education and leadership opportunities. Students go on a life-changing Outward Bound course, free of tuition, allowing them to step outside their comfort zone – physically and mentally – and see what they are capable of achieving.
Build Relationships. Change Perceptions. Save Lives.
Word is BondSummer internship program, developed in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, is a six-week community-building experience to facilitate positive relationships between Portland youth and law enforcement. All young men of color, ages 15 to 21, are eligible to participate as an intern, and all law enforcement professionals committed to strengthening our communities can apply as program partners. Paid interns and law enforcement personnel come together to engage in activities including hands-on, action oriented experiences, and debrief and discussion sessions where each participant has the opportunity to share their stories, building bonds of trust within the group. During the program, interns document their summer experiences through video and testimonials to present to the larger community at the program’s end. Word is Bond’s Summer Internship program aims to instill within its interns and law enforcement the necessary skills and connections to make a positive difference, in their lives and those of others. Since its founding, Word is Bond has facilitated implicit bias training for over 400 members of law enforcement and has received the support of Portland Police Chief, Danielle Outlaw. The program continues to build momentum with our community partners Wieden+Kennedy, Northwest Outward Bound School, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) and the Rosemary Anderson High School, and Pacific Northwest School of the Arts (PNCA). The program received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Portland Police Bureau, and continues to build momentum as an example to participants and observers that perceptions can change. (Image by Nygel Drury)
“The Great Spirit, in placing men on earth, desired them to take good care of the ground and to do each other no harm...” ~ Young Chief at the 1855 Treaty Council of the Columbia River Indigenous Plateau peoples.
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Northwest Outward Bound School are building a partnership to provide opportunities for members of the Warm Springs, Wasco and Paiute tribes with fully-funded scholarships to participate on Outward Bound courses in Central Oregon. With our Odin Falls basecamp courses operating in close proximity to the Confederated Tribes’ land, we’ve recognized the potential for both to come together and create a rich opportunity to build and advance our communities. This fall, our coordinated efforts will be launching an inaugural week-long course that will take young members of the Warm Springs community on a variety of wilderness activities including a rafting trip on the Deschutes River. This partnership’s long-term goal is to provide opportunities for Warm Springs youth to embark on an instructor pathway program with potential to become outdoor educators.