Bringing the principles of learning through experience into our community.
Northwest Outward Bound School is dedicated to working closely with local organizations, schools and communities to bring the principles of high-impact wilderness learning to those that have historically been excluded from outdoor education 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.
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Public School Programs
Northwest Outward Bound Public School Programs (PSP) brings the educational framework of our high-impact wilderness courses into Portland area classrooms, serving schools in communities that have historically been excluded from outdoor recreation and experiential education opportunities.
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.
The Word is Bondyouth program, created in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, is a six-week community-building experience that builds positive relationships between Portland youth and law enforcement. All young men of color, ages 15 to 21, are eligible for paid internships, and law enforcement professionals committed to strengthening communitiescan apply as program participants. Word is Bond’s summer internship program creates the necessary skills and connections between the interns and law enforcement to make a positive difference, in their lives and those of others.
The program engages the interns and members of law enforcement in hands-on, action-oriented experiences with debriefs and discussion sessions between the interns and their peers, and also between the interns and their law enforcement partners. The interns document their experience through videos and testimonials to present to the larger community at the end of the program.
As a component of building a foundation of trust and respect, the Northwest Outward Bound School instructors lead trust building exercises; challenging the perceptions and bias inherent in communities today, and focusing instead on a common goal of positive relations between young Black men and law enforcement.
“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.
About the Tribal Youth Partnership Program
In 2018, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Northwest Outward Bound School partnership was established to build culturally relevant programs in Central Oregon for youth of the Warm Springs, Wasco and Paiute tribes. All participating tribal youth receive fully-funded scholarships, beginning with rafting courses on the Deschutes River, and expanding to other programs of interest. In collaboration with leaders in the tribal community, this program creates tribal specific courses, incorporating significant aspects of the Warm Springs culture and history with Northwest Outward bound School outdoor education and leadership skill development. The goal is to inspire youth to connect with tribal lands, igniting their interest in the outdoors and creating a pathway to outdoor education, advocacy or industry.
“Rafting down the Deschutes with the youth of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Northwest Outward Bound School instructors was a one of kind experience that we could all take with us throughout our life. The trip was certainly enlightening and one to take to the heart and share with our community.” ~ Jefferson Greene Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs