Become a YiW Funder

Despite much-appreciated grant funding from foundations, corporations and individuals, additional funding is crucial to continue providing this unique program. Please consider supporting us!


Partner Testimonials:

"VWA is one of the few and perhaps the only organization in Central California Coast that provides low-income students access to the local wilderness. Though the region is filled with numerous outdoor destinations, few students are aware of such places and not everyone has the means and resources to get to them. The majority of youth in Monterey County come from historically marginalized backgrounds...Through its Youth in Wilderness Program, VWA is narrowing the outdoor educational opportunities that exist in the region by giving our youth a chance to be and grow up in the outdoors, while at the same time fostering environmental stewardship in students. Access to and nurture of our local wilderness is our right and responsibility, a key aspect of child development and an urgent environmental necessity. The VWA is making this a reality for our youth here in Greenfield and the youth across Central California Coast." - Jose Sanchez, Director, Greenfield Community Science Workshop & Youth in Wilderness Field Instructor

"There is something special about the YiW program and how VWA runs it. Between outdoor education, team-building, leadership development, physical exploration, self-exploration, and environmental stewardship, I am in awe of the richness of experience that is provided to our students. Backpacking in wilderness is such an intimate way to get in touch with the outdoors and my students have been able to walk away with so much. Whether it is those who are excited to practice their rope making or fire starting skills, those who cannot wait for their next hike, or those who simply want to be in nature and away from the city, these are youth who will have the opportunity to grow up with an appreciation for their public lands and a knowledge of how important it is to preserve them." - Ben Bruce, Programs Director, Community Partnership for Youth (Seaside)

"Youth in Wilderness has been instrumental in building bridges that extend nature beyond the classroom, bringing it back into student's homes, and local neighborhoods. These backpacking experiences have been of incredible value to our students, many of whom have never before had the opportunity to spend a weekend in the woods. These trips have been the highlight of the year for many youth involved, and help jump start families to be active in our wilderness." - Christian Lamonea, Educator, MCOE Alternative Education Programs Department


THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING YOUTH IN WILDERNESS FUNDING PARTNERS:

Tom Hopkins
Arkay Foundation
Cleo Foundation
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation
Pebble Beach Company Foundation
The Richard & Susan Beach Family Fund
Farrell/Allen Carmel Rotary Fund at the Community Fund for Monterey County
Save the Redwoods League
California Coastal Commission
State Coastal Conservancy
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Beers-Neubert Foundation
Carmel Valley Kiwanis
Carmel Valley Women's Club Foundation
US Forest Service

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE PROGRAM, YOU CAN DO SO AT THE FOLLOWING YOUTH IN WILDERNESS FUNDS:

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
Community Foundation for Monterey County 


In addition, we’d like to thank the hundreds of individual supporters who have
contributed time, gear and financial resources towards the success of the program!