Networking Events

Promoting Best Practices and Connecting Resources
YDN believes that sustainable change in support of youth development happens through continued education and networking opportunities. YDN hosts convenings of youth providers and other community stakeholders to create networking and learning opportunities. No one agency can develop young people. We are all responsible for the successful development of youth. YDN convenings are ways to help agencies connect, coordinate and leverage resources and surface issues affecting youth in our region.

G.O. (Get Outdoors) Network
In fall 2008, a collaboration between Splash, the Youth Development Network (YDN), and CREEC (Capital Region Environmental Education Community) succeeded in gathering local providers of environmental education and outdoor experiences. Since their first meeting on October 1, 2008 these providers have continued to gather every few months to form a more integrated network.  Over the past five years, the G.O. Network has provided hundreds of people and organizations the opportunity to make valuable connections to better serve the needs of youth in our region.


Purpose of the Collaboration
We are a network of organizations that provide youth from the California Capital Region with meaningful outdoor experiences. Through effective collaboration we are able to share resources, advocate for outdoor education, and act as a clearinghouse for outdoor opportunities.

Benefits of the Collaboration

Validation:  The network will bring together individuals and organizations passionate about connecting youth to the outdoors, thereby providing camaraderie, inspiration,
and reaffirmation of our mission.

Resource Sharing:  The network will create a nexus for sharing material, human, and financial resources among member organizations.

Sustainability: The network will contribute to the long-term sustainability of outdoor programming by helping member organizations avoid duplication and use limited resources more efficiently.

Capacity Building:  The network will help member organizations improve the quality of their programs by providing training on best practices and showcasing model programs.

Effective Advocacy:  The network will help the broader community understand the importance of connecting youth to the outdoors by articulating a compelling argument and speaking with a common voice.

If you are interested in participating in the effort to connect youth to the outdoors, please contact us for more information.