*Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC); Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus (2SLGBTQ+).
Active; Adventurous; Outdoorsy; Youth-focused; Looking to Up-skill; Looking to Educate themselves; Wants to be a skilled Community Leader; Leads Expeditions.
We received valuable feedback from community partners, our participants, and staff that informed our program refinements. Some of our learnings included:
Creating multiple formats so that participants can take programming that fits within their schedule. We are launching weekend workshops and intensive formats in 2023 for flexibility.
Building a pathway for introductory access so that participants are not overwhelmed and can learn at their own pace. We designed a new Foundations level for 2023 that builds fundamental technical knowledge and experiences within the outdoors, especially for equity-seeking and under-represented groups.
Staying connected so that participants can benefit from the networks and expertise of the Training Academy’s faculty. We now offer a one-year mentorship program for current and aspiring outdoor leaders, with networking, webinars, resources and job opportunities.
Industry recognition of training and certifications is important within the outdoor workforce.
After analyzing these gaps, we were able to develop a more accessible program offering heading into 2023. This included:
Developing a Foundations and Essentials level of programming to accommodate varying skill levels and past experiences,
Offering two formats, Access and Intensive, to accommodate participants’ lifestyles
Offering a series of job-relevant certifications at both the Foundations and Essentials levels