Outdoor Afro

Support a leadership training program that helps reconnect more African Americans to the Great Outdoors!
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Rue Mapp
Environment
Oakland, California
United States
5 Team Members

What is this Outdoor Afro Thing All About?

My name is Rue Mapp -- I am the founder of Outdoor Afro, and I am passionate about the great outdoors for everyone to enjoy.

Inspired by my family, I started Outdoor Afro in 2009 to share this passion using social media. The message quickly resonated with thousands of others from around the country who shared their own images and stories that affirmed African Americans do have a positive and historic relationship to nature.

In May of this year, we launched the Outdoor Afro Leadership Team that went to work connecting folks of all ages to nature right in their own backyards. Since then, team members from nearly every region in the US have altogether connected nearly 500 people to the outdoors through recreation and conservation activities.

In 2013 we want to significantly increase the number of people we connect to nature, and to accomplish this goal we need to provide greater professional development for the leadership team to enhance their outdoor skills (hiking, camping, birding, etc). 

Why is this important?

In the face of alarming rates of obesity in the African American community, and the need for more people to care for our fragile planet to support its sustainability and local community health, we all need to get out and build a relationship with nature and the outdoors like never before.

Please help us reach our goal of $15,000

The Impact

Outdoor Afro is about connecting more people to the natural world through fun and relevant outdoor experiences. And we know that people respond positively to leadership that reflects their community.

People need nature like never before. More people getting outside now means healthier people, communities, and greater stewardship for our precious natural resources our futures depend on.

With a start-up of volunteers and monthly training calls this year, we have successfully been able to organize nearly 500 people, from all around the country to be tomorrow’s Outdoor Afro leaders.

Your support today means a significant increase in the number of people getting outside through a strong leadership team!

Please support the Outdoor Afro Leadership Team today!

Other Ways You Can Help

Make some noise about the Outdoor Afro community wherever you go!

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Every action makes a difference!

Thank you for your support!

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$7,776USD
raised by 93 people in 1 month
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$15,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on January 31, 2013
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  • $25USD
    Picnicker

    • You and/or your organization listed on OutdoorAfro.com on a "Thank You" page

    29 out of 100 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $50USD
    BBQ and Dominos at the Park

    The above PLUS • Outdoor Afro T-shirt • Limited Edition Bookmark

    16 out of 75 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $100USD
    Whitewater Rafter

    The previous PLUS • An additional Outdoor Afro T-shirt for your buddy • An Outdoor Afro laptop sticker

    4 out of 150 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $250USD
    Overnight Camper

    A 5-minute “Thank you” call from Rue. You can tell Rue what you like about Outdoor Afro, or what needs improvement. Ask: “Do black people really camp” or “Which National Park is your favorite?” or “Did Oprah and Gayle’s trip to Yosemite make cause more black people to camp?” It’s your 5-minutes...you can chat about whatever! PLUS the previous

    4 out of 20 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $500USD
    Yosemite Tripper

    Meet Rue in Oakland, Calif., for a 1-hour hike and she’ll blog about your time together on OutdoorAfro.com PLUS the previous

    0 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Big Year

    Meet Rue in Oakland, CA for birding led by Golden Gate Audubon Society, kayaking and conversation on Lake Merritt, and lunch at Lake Chalet PLUS all below

    1 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $2,500USD
    Denali Climber

    BE an Outdoor Afro Leader! Come meet and train with the selected 2013 Outdoor Afro leaders along with Rue Mapp and our outdoor retail sponsors in beautiful Northern California in April. We'll also throw a cocktail hour in your honor with Rue and the leadership team AND make up a new beverage and name it after you -- it will be the official Outdoor Afro beverage for all 2013 events!

    1 out of 2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2013
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