I began working at City Kids in January of 2016 and have been inspired by our youth ever since. We encourage our students each day to push themselves and to place themselves into uncomfortable, challenging situations ultimately as a way to grow and learn more about yourself. I started placing these same expectations upon myself and have benefitted tremendously because of it. The outdoors is a transformative place, one in which everyone should have access to and feel included in this space. However, this is not the case. Populations of color are less likely to seek recreation, adventure, and reflection in our wilderness settings. City Kids is focused on addressing the lack of participation, access, and connection to the outdoors in our nation's under-resourced populations through a seven-year program that connects them directly to our National and State Parks. Through City Kids' multi-year program, not only do our students have a myriad of opportunities to establish meaningful, transformative relationships to the outdoors, but also they share these experiences with their own community, providing that these spaces are relevant and welcoming to all communities.