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Welcome to OEI

The Outdoor Educators Institute is a ten week program divided into four phases: Wilderness Expedition and Training, Specialization Skills Modules, Practicum’s, and Program and Back Office Management. The skills taught in each of these phases range from formal certifications such as First Aid and CPR, to invaluable informal experiences in leadership and communication.


Ciela Nau

“I have always wanted to get out more but didn’t really have the resources to do so.

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Monica Garcia

 “I feel like I have benefited greatly from my mentors and the activities we did in the outdoors, and I want future youth to experience that as well.”

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Bryan Morales

 “I have a strong desire to become an outdoor leader… OEI training will give me an intensive experiential learning package and equip me with the know-how to propel me into the field…”

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About the Foundation for Youth Investment

The Foundation for Youth Investment (FYI) develops and transforms the lives of underserved kids by investing in effective programs and creating strategic initiatives that connect young people to the great outdoors. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.fyifoundation.org. To get up to date information on the Foundation’s grant making efforts on behalf of youth, follow FYI on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FYIorg.

Big City Mountaineers

Big City Mountaineers transforms the lives of under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills. BCM has a proven track record of improving young peoples’ lives providing an increased likeliness to stay in school, and a reduction in violence and drug use. Big City Mountaineers primarily operates through partnerships with community-based youth organizations and caring adult volunteers who act as mentors in the field to help young people realize their potential. The curriculum includes close to 1,000 youth annually. For more, visit http://www.bigcitymountaineers.org

OEI Alumni’s

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