In episode 57 of The Charity Charge Show Stephen speaks with Charles Thomas, Executive Director of Outward Bound Adventures whose vision is to ensure that youth from diverse communities will have access to nature, environmental education, leadership development, and preparation for careers in conservation.
Charles Thomas has worked at Outward Bound Adventures seasonally and part-time for nearly 20 years. He has now been there full-time as Executive Director for 16 years. During that time, he created several award-winning programs dedicated to enriching the lives of underserved urban populations, especially low-income inner-city families, by introducing them to the therapeutic value of spending time in wild places and open spaces.
Charles developed all of the programs for OBA’s Diverse Outdoor Leaders Institute (DOLI). DOLI was created to provide the National Park Service and the outdoor education sector with a qualified pool of diverse instructors from different cultural backgrounds. These outdoor leaders represent the face of an ever-increasing multicultural American demographic. DOLI is now a nationally recognized outdoor instructor training program.
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